We met Bianca del Rio at Trannyshack, San Francisco! Rupaul’s Drag Race season 6 winner.

bianca del rio, Rupauls season 6 winner

San Francisco… where do we begin? How about with the fab Bianca Del Rio, current champion of RuPaul’s Drag Race!

Organizer Heklina (left) invited my friends and me to Trannyshack – the longest-running drag queen show in San Fran. (The name will soon be rebranded to T-Shack, since the “t-word” has taken on different meaning since the event started in 1996.)

rupaul winner, America's Next Drag Superstar

We were in for a treat… it was Madonna Tribute night, and the headliner was The Bianca Del Rio. Backstage, Die Schwarze Frau embraces the RuPaul season six winner. Read on, to be blown away by the feisty performance photos!

gothic scary drag queen

Die Schwarze Frau is Yukiro’s Gothic drag-queen persona. Before the show, she spooked up the San Fran streets. Those long nail-gloves nearly took out my eye…

japanese drag queens, makeup

Sucking on the blood of young cute boys. That’s the secret to staying forever young.

Chaka Corn Trannyshack megaman

That night, Trannyshack was dedicated to Madonna (they have various themes each time). The show began at 11:30pm with a Megaman drag act, performed to “True Blue”.

sparkly sugar skull makeup

We were impressed by the elaborate staging and choreography of each act — some had a dozen people on stage, prancing around with handmade props. The makeup and outfits were “top quality,” such as this glittering sugar skull trio.

bianca del rio drag performance

The sold-out audience went ballistic when Bianca Del Rio took the microphone. Heklina brought Die Schwarze Frau on stage, and introduced her to the crowd!

trannyshack san francisco, rupaul bianca

Bianca is one funny bitch. I was falling over laughing at her crowd observations, and witty repartee.

dna pizza, san fran gay nightclub

Trannyshack usually takes place at DNA Lounge (375 Eleventh St, San Francisco). There’s a DNA pizza parlor next door, covered in alt posters. Drag queens and pizza = best combo ever.

dna lounge, t-shack

Outside, we tottered around with these fabulous yet friendly people. Styles ranged from low-brow to avantgarde to punk, and everything in between.

divine drag mohawk makeup

How about this divine hand-flip in motion?

african american drag queen

We went back in for more intense theatrics. T-Shack is an institution, and brings in the top drag queen performers from all over the country.

rocky horror time warp audience

Doesn’t this photo remind you of the “Time Warp” dancers on the upper levels, in the Rocky Horror Picture Show?

Holy McGrail, san francisco black bio queen

We met Holy McGrail, a celebrated San Francisco performer who calls herself a “Faux Queen Diva”.

bianca del rio, rupaul's drag race

Bianca returned, as the stunning Evita. She waved manically, while lip-syncing to “Don’t cry for me Argentina” partly in Spanish. Oh, what a moment!

madonna evita dress, hair

During the instrumental break, she pretended to be bored and sat down on the floor. You can see how much the crowd adores her.

madonna music gay dancers

The show went on, with more incarnations of Madonna. “Hey, Mr DJ put a record on I wanna dance with my baby. Music!”

cross-dressing madonna tribute dancing

“Strike a pose, Vogue. Let your body move…”

japanese gay dancers

Even the backup dancers went all out with makeup and wigs. (All photos in this post by yours truly, La Carmina.)

heklina, Trannyshack drag queen show

Heklina announces the last performer, and a White Rabbit darts out…

alice in wonderland drag show

… to do a naughty Alice in Wonderland romp. Can you name all the characters represented?

san francisco drag performance

When it rains rainbow confetti all over, you know you’re in the right place. Travelers to San Francisco, you simply must experience Trannyshack (or now, T-Shack). Get tickets well in advance, since they sell out, and check their site for upcoming special events. Try to see the annual “Star Search”, a fierce smackdown to find the next “Big-Wig” of SF drag!

bianca del rio makeup wig

And congrats to Bianca Del Rio, for taking the RuPaul’s Drag Race crown. Did you watch this season, and cheer for her?

goth wig, velvet dress

This dark queen surely did. Die Schwarze Frau is performing her drag show in Tokyo, on June 15 and 22 — mark the dates in blood. Details to come on her blog.

bright blue dyed hair

Stay tuned for more of our ridiculous San Francisco escapades. Preview photos are on my La Carmina Instagram and Tumblr. And my next destinations are to be announced soon… any guesses?



  1. Megan
    Posted May 31, 2014 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    I adore her!

  2. Rafael
    Posted May 31, 2014 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    Is there a video from the Megaman act anywhere? i would love to watch it

  3. David
    Posted May 31, 2014 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    trannyshack is gonna have to change their name to transgendereqaulityhut

  4. Puto
    Posted May 31, 2014 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    how long are you going to be out here!?

  5. Sarah Dworken
    Posted May 31, 2014 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    THIS IS AMAZING!! Team Bianca!

    • lacarmina
      Posted June 1, 2014 at 8:18 am | Permalink

      Wish you were here with us! Butttt I will probably see you in person, end of the month ;) Will email soon!

  6. Elisa
    Posted May 31, 2014 at 5:07 am | Permalink


  7. Trevor
    Posted May 31, 2014 at 5:07 am | Permalink

    She was beyond hilarious. Had so much fun that night.

  8. Kyoko
    Posted May 31, 2014 at 5:11 am | Permalink


  9. yukiro
    Posted May 31, 2014 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    AAAHH! that Biatch Die Schwarze Frau sure is a lucky goth-gurl!

  10. Googol
    Posted May 31, 2014 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    What a night. I was there and eahssgvtyc

  11. Lupia
    Posted May 31, 2014 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    I was cheering her on all the way through the show.

  12. V Severine
    Posted May 31, 2014 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    Yukiro should be on drag race or they should start it in Japan or something.

  13. Genevieve
    Posted June 1, 2014 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    Can’t believe you met her!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Nancy
    Posted June 1, 2014 at 7:02 am | Permalink


  15. Billy
    Posted June 1, 2014 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    Awesome x

  16. Fere
    Posted June 1, 2014 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    You’ve got a winner here!!!!

  17. Shirley
    Posted June 1, 2014 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    The best contestant!

  18. martin
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    That is “AWESOME!”

  19. JANE
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 6:56 am | Permalink


  20. anne
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    start your engines!
    rupaul’s drag race!

  21. MelissaR
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely amazing!!! Trannyshack is a must-see for all tourists and locals!

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