World OutGames 2017 Athletes: David Rumford

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He’s a realtor with a two-step.

Meet David Rumford, a gay man and member of the Scandals Saloon’s dance team, Scandalous. Rumford is a Michigan native who lives in Oakland Park, Florida and is participating in this year’s World OutGames.

“It’s a great way to exercise,” Rumford said during a Sunday evening telephone conversation with SFGN.

According to the realtor, Scandals Saloon is a “wonderful place to meet new friends.”

Scandals’ dance team, coached by Lee Fox, is scheduled to compete Memorial Day weekend at the Hilton Miami Airport ballroom as part of the games. The team has been practicing Wednesday and Thursday nights at the Fort Lauderdale saloon.

Rumford, 70, holds a degree in hotel and restaurant management from Michigan State University. After years in Cincinnati, Ohio, Rumford moved to Florida where he works as a realtor and sings in the choir at First Presbyterian Church of Pompano Beach.

Scandalous, Rumford said, will demonstrate two-stepping and line dancing at the event. This will be his first OutGames.

“It’s been a great experience,” he said, mentioning that the time spent at the saloon has allowed him to develop close friendships.

“It’s like a family.”


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