A love story between a running coach and his star athlete, The Front Runner is noted for being the first contemporary gay novel to achieve mainstream commercial and critical success. Harlan Brown is the athletic director at the fictitious Prescott College, a progressive, experiential, private liberal arts college in New York. Fearing exposure, Harlan has buried himself at the obscure college, and given up his dream of coaching Olympic athletes. As the novel opens in , three star runners — Vince Matti, Jacques LaFont, and Billy Sive — have been expelled from the elite track program at the University of Oregon because they are gay, and wish to transfer to Prescott to train with Brown. Though wary after his experience at Penn State, Harlan agrees to train the athletes, but quickly finds himself falling in love with Billy.
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The threat of exposure was real and ever-present for these entertainers. Per Tyrnauer, studio contracts contained so-called "moral clauses" that could instantly vaporize a lucrative career. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Police Department's vice squad were all too willing to bust celebrities, often working in cahoots with the press in their quest to hobble reputations. Here's a roundup of Old Hollywood stars who were reportedly gay. Judging by other reports, Dean may have occasionally enjoyed going through life with both hands tied behind his back. Composer Alec Wilder claimed "they were definitely a couple," adding, "Of course, the words 'sexual fidelity' would be unknown in each of their vocabularies.
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