Author: dapingluo

Drove to and from Penn State yesterday to interview Bud for my documentary. Bud was a Lavender U Jogger, and saw the club through its rebranding as it exists today – San Francisco FrontRunners.

Here are a few words from Bud: “My story is similar to many others’. When I joined the club in the summer of 1975, I had just ended a 14 year relationship. It was the first activity that I did on my own. After years of being closeted, I was in the process of coming out in every aspect of my life. Being with the other members helped me develop a sense of myself as a gay man and to grow in confidence and self esteem.”

Bud chronicled the beginnings of FrontRunners here for the International Front Runners’ website – you can read the article here.



Truly one of the most transformative stories to be told through Out for the Run. A.J. Stachelek came to Front Runners in 2010 as a “strong butch lesbian” non-runner and is now a straight man, a husband, a runner, a triathlete, and now a dad.

Front Runner, or front-runner in the dictionary is a standard term. Usually used to described someone leading a race, political or in sports, but it also refers to an athlete or horse that runs best when in the front of the field. But to us – it means something else…

Hear from these everyday individuals have to say about it means to call themselves “Front Runners” – and then let us know in the comments what it means to YOU to be a Front Runner.

And if you haven’t already – don’t forget to visit Kickstarter to make a pledge today to make this documentary possible!

Thank you for all the birthday wishes over the weekend. February has always been a festive month. There’s lot to celebrate this month. Did you know that February is LGBT history month in the United Kingdom? It coincides with the 2005 abolition of “Section 28.” Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 prohibited local authorities in England and Wales from “promoting” homosexuality. It also labelled gay family relationships as “pretend”. (Does this sound familiar?)

Sir Ian McKellen said: “If Section 28 and the attitudes behind it had remained then society would still believe that gay people are second class citizens and that it is right that they should be treated as second class citizens.”

It took the United Kingdom 17 years to come to terms that we’re not second class citizens. How long do you think it will take Russia to come to the same conclusion?

Dave Lin, president of Front Runners New York, wasn’t always athletic or as confident as he is today – he also use to smoke. He joined Front Runners in 2006 to get in shape – and little did he know back then that Front Runners would become such an important part of his life today.

On President’s Day, we celebrate leadership – past, present and future. Please consider taking the lead in making this project possible by visiting and making a pledge today to make this project a reality. Make a pledge today – your credit card won’t be charged until the project is fully funded. Thank you to all who have given to date, we still have a long way to go before we cross the finish line.




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Music: The Temperature of the Air on the Bow of the Kaleetan by Chris Zabriskie

Today we celebrate love – a major theme in my documentary “Out for the Run.”


Many runners come to Front Runners to meet other like-minded individuals – as an alternative to the bars, online and mobile dating apps. Megan met Blossom at Front Runners, it wasn’t necessarily love at first sight, but I had the privilege to watch their love for each other blossom when I was working with them on the membership committee when we revamped the renewing and joining process. Watch the video to learn more about how they met. Don’t forget to visit Kickstarter to learn more about how you can help make this project possible! Make a pledge today – your credit card won’t be charged until the project is fully funded.

Music: Prelude No. 1 from Preludes by Chris Zabriskie
Photos: Da Ping Luo

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Megan and Blossom didn’t meet because they were running at the same pace at the fun runs, but today, we sometimes see them racing together…


Their first dance as wife and wife – April 7, 2012


Blossom and Megan started a business together – Doggedly Devoted, and daycare, boarding, and training facility for dogs in Harlem. Pictured here at the opening on July 1, 2012.


Blossom and Megan at the Pride March/Parade walking through 5th Avenue in 2012.

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