August 21st People

August 21st

1926 – 08-21-1994 Rikki Streicher – Place of birth unknown. She was a leader in San Francisco’s rikki-streicherLGBT movement, a co-founder of the international Gay Games, and the owner of two lesbian bars, Maud’s and Amelia’s. Streicher helped organize the Society for Individual Rights, an organization of gay men and lesbians, founded in San Francisco in 1964. In 1966, she opened Maud’s, a lesbian bar in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. She had to hire male bartenders because it was against the law for women to tend bar until 1971. Maud’s became a popular place for lesbians and bisexual women. Janis Joplin was a customer, as were activist Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon. Maud’s stayed open for twenty-rikki-streicher-2three years, closing in 1989. Streicher was also a promoter of gay and lesbian softball teams and is listed in San Francisco Gay Softball League’s hall of fame. Streicher died of cancer in 1994 and was survived by her partner, Mary Sager. Upon her death, the mayor of San Francisco lowered the city flags to half-mast. The Rikki Stricter Field, an athletic field in the Castro District of San Francisco, was named after her. Recommend seeing the documentary, Last Call at Maud’s. It’s available on Netflix.

08-21-1935 – 03-07-2020 Mart Crowley – Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He was an American playwright, best known for The Boys In The Band. The play opened on off-Broadway on April 14, 1968, and enjoyed a run of 1001 performances. Mark CrowleyThe Boys In The Band was adapted into a film in 1970. He was also hired by Natalie Wood to be her assistant after meeting her on the set of her film Splendor In The Grass. In 1979 and 1980, Crowley served first as the executive script editor and then producer of ABC series Hart to Hart, starring Wood’s husband Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers. Crowley also appeared in the documentary, The Celluloid Closet (1995), about homosexuality and its depiction on screen throughout the years. Crowley was openly gay.

08-21-1936 – 03-07-2008 Luisa Isabel Álvarez de Toledo, 21st Duchess of Medina Sidonia – Born in Estoril, Portugal. She was head of the House Luisa Isabel Alvarez de Toledoof Medina Sidonia, the most important ducal house of Spain, with its status as a hereditary title having been granted in 1445. She married and had three children. The Palace of Medina Sidonia houses one of the most important private archives in Europe. She was a historian, the guardian of the ducal archives and the author of numerous works. Hours before her death, March 7, 2008, she married Liliana Maria Dahlmann in a civil ceremony on her deathbed. Today, the Dowager Duchess Liliana Maria, her legal widow, serves as life-president of the Fundación Casa Medina Sidonia.

08-21-1961 Mitchell Anderson – Born in Jamestown, New York. He is an American character actor. He was in season 1 and 2 of the TV series Doogie Mitchell AndersonHowser, M.D. (1989-1991), the film Jaws: The Revenge (1988) and SpaceCamp (1986), among other films and TV series. Openly gay, he currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his partner of many years, Richie Arpino. Anderson owns a restaurant called MetroFresh and is also the head chef.

08-21-1966 Ken Mehlman – Born in Baltimore, Maryland. He is an American attorney and political figure. He was the campaign manager for the 2004 re-Ken Mehlmanelection campaign for George W. Bush. Mehlman was the architect of the anti-gay agenda of the Republican party. He was Chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2005-2007. In 2010, Mehlman came out as gay in an interview with journalist Marc Ambinder, making him one of the few prominent openly gay figures in the Republican Party. Since coming out, he has advocated for the recognition of same-sex marriage. He was on Out’s 3rd Annual 100 Most Eligible Bachelors (2013).

2 Responses to “August 21st People”

  1. Rikki Streicher was born in 1925 or 1926, if she was 68 when she died. NYTimes obit lists her age as 68, so we can presume that is accurate, not 1922. I have yet to come across any mention of her DOB. I’m writing a history of the lesbian bars in San Francisco/Bay Area, and hope to turn up more info.

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