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Warren, Patricia Nell (b. 1936)  
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In 1991, on the strength of an invitation from film developers interested in adapting One Is the Sun and The Front Runner as films, Warren moved to Los Angeles, where she quickly became involved in community affairs.

In 1994, dismayed at publishers' lack of interest in her new work, Warren, with Los Angeles publicist Tyler St. Mark, founded her own publishing house, Wildcat International, to publish Harlan's Race, a dark sequel to The Front Runner.

A tale of healing, Harlan's Race is also a gripping thriller. In addition, it offers a sometimes harrowing review of twenty years of gay life, moving from the romantic exuberance of the gay liberation movement to the chilling reality of the epidemics of AIDS and hate crimes.

Harlan's Race quickly became a best-seller. Its success spurred Wildcat to secure the publishing rights and licenses of all Warren's other works.

Wildcat not only keeps Warren's earlier works in print, but also has published her subsequent work.

Billy's Boy, the third novel in The Front Runner series, was published in 1997. With its focus on gay youth, the book reflects Warren's own work with the Los Angeles Unified School District as a counselor to at-risk youth. The book received the Editor's Choice Lambda Literary Award and has been hailed as a significant contribution to glbtq young adult literature.

In 2001, Warren published The Wild Man. A historical romance focused on the relationship between a bullfighter and his secret lover, the novel is set in Spain during the Franco regime, a dangerous time for gay men and women. Framed by an encounter between the author and a retired bullfighter she met in a West Hollywood bar, the novel also offers a knowledgable and sophisticated perspective on the sport of bullfighting.

In 2006, Wildcat issued Warren's The Lavender Locker Room, essays on glbtq figures in sports over the past 3,000 years. Based on a series of profiles Warren wrote for, the essays as presented here are greatly expanded and more fully documented.

In addition to her work as a writer, Warren is also a community activist. In 2007, she ran a strong but unsuccessful race for a seat on the West Hollywood City Council. She is perhaps best known for her activism on behalf of youth.

From 1996 to 2000, she taught at a GED program for glbtq youth, and served on the Gay and Lesbian Education Commission of the Los Angeles Unified School District, as well as on the district's Human Relations Education Commission.

In addition to the Walt Whitman Award and the Lambda Literary Award, Warren has received such other awards for her literary and political work as the Arizona Human Rights Fund's Barry Goldwater Award and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame's Western Heritage Award. She was inducted into the Saints & Sinners Hall of Fame.

One of the most poignant tributes Warren has received came at the 2006 Outgames in Montreal, where she was tapped to run the last lap of the men's 5,000 kilometer race at the Claude-Robillard Sports Complex, symbolically completing the event during which the hero of The Front Runner was killed, a victim of homophobia. A testament to the continuing popularity and relevance of her landmark novel, the choice also highlighted Warren's particular contributions to understanding the role of gay men and lesbians in sports.]

Jay Scott Chipman

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Warren, Patricia Nell. The Beauty Queen. New York: William Morrow, 1978.

_____. The Fancy Dancer. New York: William Morrow, 1976.

_____. The Front Runner. New York: William Morrow, 1974.

_____. One is the Sun. New York: Ballantine, 1991.


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    Author: Chipman, Jay Scott  
    Entry Title: Warren, Patricia Nell  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
    Publication Date: 2002  
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