Patricia Nell Waren

Patricia Nell Warren (born 15 June 1936) is a lesbian American author.

Primarily known as an author, Warren is also commonly known as "the mother of Frontrunners" - the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender running/walking clubs that have been started in Los Angeles and other large cities around the world which was inspired by Warren's novel The Front Runner. Her most celebrated novel, The Front Runner, was first published by William Morrow in 1974, and has become the most popular gay love story of all time. This landmark classic about the relationship between an ex-Marine track coach and his Olympic athlete has sold an estimated 10 million copies worldwide and been translated into 10 languages.

Now a popular columnist, Warren writes regularly about gay pioneers in sports history for, while her provocative "Left Field" on the politics of AIDS and public health appears monthly in A & U Magazine. Warren, aka "Patches", to her Frontrunners family, also frequented the runs and the annual dinners held by the Los Angeles group and participated in the annual Christopher Street West GLBT rights parade as part of the Frontrunners contingent during the 1990s thanks to then president Marty Freedman and then executive board member Don Norte.

An article of hers titled "Just Dissent" in 1993 inspired a group of California citizens, lawyers and civil rights leaders (including Patricia) to work with the state legislature to pass legislation to protect the rights of people engaged in peaceful, non-violent civil disobedience. The legislation was ultimately vetoed by Governor Gray Davis. For details and much info on the subject of civil disobedience, go to often travels at the invitation of gay rights and other non-profit groups, and is highly regarded as a speaker. One of many such trips was to Anchorage, Alaska, on November 9, 2002 for the 25th Anniversary of Identity, Inc., an organization concerned with issues of sexual identity.

Currently, Patricia Nell Warren focuses on free speech and issues confronting youth. From 1996 to 2000, she voluntarily taught at a GED program for GLBT youth, and served on the Gay and Lesbian Education Commission of the Los Angeles Unified School District, as well as the district's Human Relations Education Commission. In December, 2006, Warren announced her candidacy for City Council in West Hollywood, CA. She was unsuccessful in her run