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.