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Publicist Howard Bragman on Ricky Martin's coming out: 'I think it's a wonderful decision'

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Self-proclaimed “coming-out guru” and longtime Hollywood publicist Howard Bragman calls Ricky Martin’s public coming-out yesterday a “wonderful decision.”: “We’ve had in the last six months, Meredith Baxter, Sean Hayes, and Ricky Martin all come out of the closet,” he tells EW.com. “And while it may not be an avalanche, it’s certainly more than a trickle. Everyone brings something different to the party. With Meredith, it was this quintessential TV mom. With Ricky, you got a couple things going on: One, he’s Latino, and it’s a community that has issues with accepting homosexuality; Two, he’s from Florida, which bans gay parents adopting and he’s a gay parent. I’m super proud of him. I think it was a very courageous move and I think he’s going to be surprised at how energized his career his. I think he’s going to feel better about himself; I don’t think he’s going to lose his fans.”