7 posts categorized "HOWARD BRAGMAN"

Apr 26 2012
Caring Is Chering: The 23rd GLAAD Media Awards Take L.A. Comments (7)

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Last Saturday, I had a lot of fun covering the red carpet of the 23rd GLAAD Media Awards. Didn't I just do that? Yes, but that was the New York edition; as I was in L.A., I covered the West Coast gathering. See, GLAAD ain't dumb—they have two to make it so no celebrity can say, "Oh, I'm on the wrong coast! I can't go!"

I hired my sweet pal Brad as my videographer and met him at the Westin USBonaventure just in time to check in and take our places. I kind of hate how the carpet was set up—the guests were allowed to congregate behind us to stargaze, which was distracting. But it was nothing compared to the women two spots down from me whose entire goal was to flash a huge "FREE GAY HUGS!" sign and video themselves receiving said hugs from roughly two-thirds of the celebrities who walked. (And I thought I was lame with my aggressive pic-with requests!) They were so damn loud! Luckily, they didn't ruin any of my interviews, but only by sheer luck.

Brad's mic needed batteries (he's blond; sorry, Brad) so I wound up videoing my own first chat, with Jennifer Tyrrell. She's the lesbian mom recently booted as a den mother by the virulently homophobic Boy Scouts of America. Smart woman and immediately likable. Unreal that they're getting away with that crap. I was a cub scout (I bailed on Webelos mainly because...what the fuck is a Webelo???) and fondly remember my Pinewood Derby racing days as well as the hillbilly band we assembled for a talent night. Not to mention the father/son cook-off, in which my father and I had a well-appreciated coconut cream pie. But still, fuck the Scouts.

My first stars were Angela Featherstone (STUH-nning, but my campadre confessed she had been an ice queen on a recent shoot) and Michelle Paradise of Exes & Ohs. No Megan Cavanagh, but they were delightful.

Grant GustinNext, I snagged Grant Gustin of Glee. I don't really follow the show, but no one that cute is getting past me without a third degree. He's adorable and quite articulate, even if he refers to gay people as "homosexuals," which totally didn't offend me because he was totally doing it to sound smart, not homophobic. I had a homosexual crush on various parts of him.

Max AdlerMax Adler from the same show was equally adorable and charming. He's passionate about his role, even though it came as a total shocker that his bullying character would be written as a late-blooming man-lover.

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May 14 2011
The Boob Tube Comments (14)

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I totally agree with AKA William—this segment on Live with Regis & Kelly is as out as Anderson Cooper's ever come on TV, and it seems to be a strong indication he could indeed be the "TV personality" about to come out all the way. Hilarious segment, but when he comes out it won't be a laughing matter—it'll be a great moment for living honestly and without shame. (Well, at least regarding one's sexual orientation!)

Those who say, "Oh, brother, it's not that surprising, he's practically out anyway!" miss the point that practically out is not out, and it does make a difference, if not to jaded types like us then for sure to young people who are just forming their impressions of grown-up society.

 
May 12 2011
Switching Channels Comments (16)


Tv star A prominent TV personality is about to come out of the closet with Howard Bragman's help. The "media blitz" is supposedly beginning next week.

Guesses?

SafariScreenSnapz001 UPDATE: A Michael Musto reader suggests Don Lemon, the CNN anchor who not long ago came out as a victim of child sexual abuse. He would be a good candidate as someone who apparently believes public figures can be up front about personal issues, and also as someone who is publishing a book in June.

Called—ding! ding! ding!—Transparent.

He'd sure be a welcome member to the team.

 
May 04 2010
Bragman's Bragging Rights? Comments (1)

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Queen-latifah1Queerty has a provocative article (aren't they all?) about how Howard Bragman, the publicist behind country singer Chely Wright's coming out, may have led to undue pressure on closeted stars forced to deal with a temporarily extra-inquisitive media and may have jeopardized any of them actually coming out on their own.

I commented over there, but why give my candy away to other kids, right? In a nutshell, I think what Bragman wound up doing, purposefully or not, was showing all those closet cases that their big secret isn't. He also made everyone yawn when the star turned out not to be a superstar...but that yawn is also quite helpful in that all the closet cases in Hollywood will see that the world didn't end and that a significant chunk of their own market probably doesn't care. (Yes, it's different in that she doesn't have the endorsement deals and massive movie roles Queen Latifah might have, but it's still more positive than negative that she is going to benefit from coming out.)

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I think overall he did a great service to the gay community...and Ms. Wright had nothing to lose either so she should be able to withstand a few, "Who the fuck are you, anyway?" comments. Mission accomplished.

 
May 01 2010
Cinco De Homo: A (Very) Little Bit Country Comments (5)

Fhm3I'm not going to jump on the disappointed bandwagon regarding the star coming out on People's cover May 5, but I will admit I had no fucking idea who country singer Chely Wright was until five minutes ago when Queerty told me she is the most likely candidate.

She has a book and album dropping momentarily, both with "I just came out!"-esque titles.

And for a D-list star, she does have Howard Bragman as her publicist.

Not expected. But good for her!

 
Apr 30 2010
Cinco De Homo: A Little Bit Country? Comments (8)
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Autostraddle makes a compelling case that come May 5, Shelby Lynne is the mystery lesbian who will be embarking on her own personal Outfest. 
 
Apr 29 2010
Cinco De Homo Comments (6)

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I've heard Howard Bragman has denied it's Queen Latifah, but that he gave an interview in 2009 about working with "a musician" who would be coming out in 2010. A lesbian site's already noted that they've interviewed the subject, so...we end up with a female musician. (Again, Queen is hard to give up it would be so great for her to come out, but she isn't really going to be called "a musician" in 2009 or 2010 so much as an actress, actress/musician or just major celebrity. Who, who, who?