MONTRÉAL, Aug. 1, 2006 – Acclaimed lesbian author,
Patricia Nell Warren, will be at the 1st World Outgames today and Thursday,
August 2 and 3. Ms. Warren broke literary ground when The Front Runner,
the first novel about gays and sports was published in 1974.
Primarily the story of love that develops between a
closeted ex-Marine track coach and an “out” gay college distance runner who
has set his sights on participation in the Olympic Games, The Front
Runner documents the characters’ struggles and victories in the parallel
challenges encountered while training for and participating in Olympic
competition and building and maintaining a gay partnership.
Ms. Warren will join the last lap of the men’s 5,000
meter race today, at approximately 9:40 a.m., at the Claude-Robillard Sports
Complex. She will then present the race winners with their medals.
At 4 p.m., Warren will do an on-stage interview at Square
Viger with Cyd Zeigler, editor and publisher of Outsports.com, the leading
LGBT sports site. Then, on Thursday, she will do a book signing at premiere
Outgames boutique at the corner of St. Catherine Street and Wolfe.
Tewksbury to Face Former Rival
Three-time Olympic medal winning swimmer, Mark Tewksbury,
who also serves as Co-President of the Outgames, will face Daniel Veatch
(USA) tomorrow, a former rival from the 1988 Seoul Olympics between 10:40
a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in the men’s 100 meter backstroke. They will be
swimming at the Olympic Pool at the Olympic Stadium.
Politicians Play a Round of Golf
Yesterday, Club de Golf Métropolitain opened its fairways
and greens for the Outgames golf competitions. Today, the Club will welcome
numerous political figures such as Gilles Duceppe, leader of the Bloc
Quebecois, Agnès Maltais, Member of the National Assembly (MNA) for the
riding of Taschereau (Parti Quebecois) and Martin Lemay, MNA for
Sainte-Marie-Saint-Jacques, who will compete in a friendly round of golf as
part of the Outgames.