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Community News, No. 6, February 1975 - File 012. 1975-02. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. March 3, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1929/show/1927.

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Title Community News, No. 6, February 1975
Contributor
  • Reid, Allen
Publisher AURA; Texas Gay Task Force Communications Committee (Northern Region)
Date February 1975
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 27910176
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 012
Transcript BOOK REVIEW By Scott Stebelman *********************** The Front Runner *********************** Warren, Patricia Nell. 77ie Front Runner. New York: William Morrow & Company, 1974. What is so amazing about The Front Runner is that it was written by a woman. The novel is a celebration, almost a deification, of gay macho - of the young gay runner who strives for physical perfection on the track and for emotional fulfillment off it. It chronicles the love of Billy Sive and Harlan Brown, how they train rigorously for the 1976 Olympics, how they struggle to love each other with tenderness and respect, and how they are eventually crushed by America's homophobia. The plot is quite simple in many respects. Three University of Oregon track stars, dropped from the team for being openly gay, seek refuge with Harlan Brown, a gay track coach at Prescott College. Two of the boys are lovers, but the third, Billy Sive, is unattached. Harlan and Billy quickly fall for each other, but Harlan, still feeling the effects of a homosexual scandal which cost him his last job, refuses to give in to his emotions. Sexual tension builds: Billy can't study, he becomes depressed, he overtrains - all of which affect his running. Seeing that he is destroying his runner, and himself as well, Harlan relents, confesses his love to Billy, and the two begin a very serious love affair. As Billy's running times decrease, the rumors about his affair with Harlan increase. Finally, at an interview after a meet a reporter asks him point blank if he is gay and Harlan's lover; always honest, Billy answers yes, which causes an avalanche of criticism from the American public. As the 1976 Olympics approach, the AAU tries to disqualify him on technicalities, but Billy's father, a gay activist lawyer, and some sympathetic runners intervene, forcing the committee to relent. Ironically, this causes Billy's death, for he is assassinated during one of the races. As good as The Front Runner is, it does have some serious flaws. Characters are often portrayed as heroes (the Prescotts, Mike Stella, Armas Sepponan) or villains (Mike Dellinger, Gus Lindquist, the AAU). This problem is particularly noticeable in Billy Sives, who is more ethereal than earthly: he never lies or deceives, he never cruises, he charms everybody wherever he goes, and he runs with impeccable grace. Even Harlan says: "He had the most beautiful natural form I had ever seen - no wasted effort anywhere. He was almost unreal. He was that idea of a runner that haunts the minds of track people." Harlan is probably the most believable character in the book. He, too, has a beautiful body, but he is incapable of showing grief or, initially, softness. If anybody grows in the novel, it is he. Another minor irritation is the digressive lectures on gay law and the workings ofthe athletic organizations. These are all very interesting, but they retard plot development. Criticism aside, this is quite a good novel. It treats gay relationships sympathetically, honestly, and with a good deal of taste and dignity. Moreover, it is moving: plan on a box of Kleenex for the last 30 pages. ji designer Matching Wedding Rings Original Designs by JO ANN ETNIER 3136 Routh, Suite 204 Dallas, Texas 75201 747-2115 GAY STATIONERY from Festive Enterprises ■ ■ ■ The price is $3.00 for 25 sheets plus 75^ check or money order payable to Festive j for First Class postage and handling. To Enterprises. (No cash please) Texas resi-; insure proper delivery include either a dents please include 5% sales tax. ■ □ WHITE C] PINK □LAVENDER □ BLUE □ MIXED ASSORTMENT ', Number of Packages Postage Sales Tax (Texas Residents Only) @ $3.00/Pkg. @ 0.75/Pkg. @ 0.15/Pkg. Total Amount Enclosed CELEBRATE LOVE I LIFE Date Signature FESTIVE ENTERPRISES, 3909-F Cole Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75204 COMMUNITY NEWS / FEBR UARY 75 / 15
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