Queer Town: Meredith Baxter Comes Out with Help from Gay P.R. Guru | The Informer | Los Angeles | Los Angeles News and Events | LA Weekly
Loading...
Media

Queer Town: Meredith Baxter Comes Out with Help from Gay P.R. Guru

Comments (0)

By

Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 9:00 AM


A few weeks ago, TV star Meredith Baxter, who played Michael J. Fox's mother in the hit series Family Ties, made headlines by publicly coming out as a real life lesbian on the Today show.


click to enlarge Meredith Baxter
  • Meredith Baxter

Huge news, indeed.

But her announcement was one more example of the very specialized work done by Hollywood public relations guru Howard Bragman, an openly gay man who was featured in a L.A. Weekly cover story in Ocotober, titled "The Secret Lives of Queer Leading Men."

The story explains how Bragman helps gay and lesbian actors come out of the closet and what kind of professional pressures those actors face in Hollywood.

Bragman says Baxter's experience wasn't all that different from other clients he's guided in the past, but he didn't have much time to pull the trigger.

A week before Thanksgiving, Bragman says, Baxter called and asked for his help. But Bragman and his team at Fifteen Minutes, a Los Angeles-based public relations firm, had to move quickly.

"The tabloids were coming out with the story," Bragman tells L.A. Weekly, "and we wanted to tell it our way."

Within two weeks, which is an extremely short period of time for Bragman to lay the groundwork for such a major announcement, Baxter was sitting in a studio in New York City at the Today show, telling Americans she is gay.

"I promised her ahead of time that she'll be shocked by how positive it will be," says Bragman, "and she is."

The publicist says Baxter is "over the moon" about how well the public has received her.

Bragman also says the actress has signed a major book deal.

The publicist is now working with another celebrity, who will probably come out of the closet in 2010.

Contact Patrick Range McDonald at pmcdonald@laweekly.com.

Related Content

Now Trending

  • Dorian Nakamoto Is Crowdfunding His Fight Over Newsweek's Bitcoin Article

    Almost as soon as it appeared, a March Newsweek article that called L.A's own Dorian "Satoshi" Nakamoto "The Face Behind Bitcoin," faced questions about its veracity. See also: Language Doesn't Point to L.A.'s Satoshi Nakamoto as Bitcoin Inventor Chief among the critics was Nakamoto, who said the piece was downright wrong:...
  • LAPD Moves to Fire Frank Lyga Following Racially Charged Remarks

    Controversial Los Angeles Police Department Det. Frank Lyga, whose racially charged comments to a police training class prompted his bosses to send him home with pay, was recommended for termination by the LAPD's Board of Rights this week, a police official said. The ball is now in the court of...
    5
  • DUI Checkpoints Come to Hollywood, Echo Park This Weekend

    Fall DUI checkpoints have returned to Los Angeles with a vengeance. With Halloween approaching, don't get spooked by that black-and-white in your rear-view. You better drive sober, or not at all, the Los Angeles Police Department warns. To that end, the LAPD wants you to know that its officers will...
Los Angeles Concert Tickets