By Kevin McCauley
Hollywood PR pro Howard Bragman guided the “coming out” of ex-CNN weekend anchor Don Lemon, who reveals that he is gay in his upcoming book, “Transparent.”
Lemon, who has just been replaced by Wolf Blitzer, worked TV jobs in Philadelphia, Chicago and New York before the CNN post. He is one of a handful of TV anchors or hosts who have acknowledged they are gay.
Lemon, 45, decided to reveal his sexual identity after being approached to write a book after he appeared on a panel called “The Black Man in the Age of Obama.”
The Chicago Sun-Times notes that the openly gay Bragman has “eased the coming out” of celebrities such basketball star Sheryl Swoopes, actress Meredith Baxter, country singer Chely Wright and Chaz Bono-“when he thought he was a lesbian.”
Bragman is founder of 15 Minutes.