Howard Bragman (February 24, 1956 – February 11, 2023) American crisis manager, public relations practitioner, writer and lecturer has passed away at 66 from Leukemia. He was often seen as the ultimate “PR guru”.
Bragman was born to a Jewish family and raised in Flint, Michigan, graduated with a B.A in journalism and psychology from the University of Michigan in 1978. Bragman acknowledged that support of the LGBT Center and accepting atmosphere of the university helped him to come out.
Upon graduation, Bragman proceeded career in public relations and crisis management.
As a publicist and LGBT activist, Howard Bragman has represented Sharon Osbourne,[A Steven Slater, Stevie Wonder,] Chaz Bono, John Amaechi, Don Lemon, Monica Lewinsky, Joe Manganiello, Anna Kendrick, Terrence Howard and Ricki Lake, among others.[ As a “coming out” advisor, Bragman consulted a number of celebrities, including American actress and producer Meredith Baxter, basketball player Sheryl Swoopes, country music artist Chely Wright, and NFL player Michael Sam.
Bragman was also active in the AIDS/HIV community, on lesbian and gay civil rights, Jewish causes and First Amendment protections. He has received awards and honors from AIDS Project Los Angeles, Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, and Congregation Kol Ami
Howard Bragman was active in exposing the water crisis in his hometown of Flint, Michigan, contributing to the documentary “Lead and Copper” by Glen Zipper and Paul Haggis..[
In 2021, Bragman contributed a $1 million endowment to establish the Howard Bragman Coming Out Fund on the facilities of the University of Michigan, which include the Spectrum Center, a LGBTQIA+ support center.
Rest in Peace Howard and thank you for all you have done.