By Ken Haller
October 13, 2014: I am happy to announce my donation of public relations papers/materials collected over the years by Brad Graham to the St. Louis LGBT History Project. Brad was a writer, blogger, humorist, actor, journalist, activist, raconteur, and wit. He died of natural causes on January 6, 2010. He was a passionate advocate for LGBT equality, doing countless hours of volunteer work, mostly in the public relations sphere, for St. Louis-area LGBT organizations like PREP (now PROMO), That Uppity Theatre Company, the Gateway Men's Chorus, and countless others.
He was a leading producer and writer on St. Louis's cable access LGBT newsmagazine, "Outlook St. Louis." He had an unparalleled collection of gay-themed t-shirts, most of them NSFW but quite successful in bars.
"The Project appeciates Dr. Haller's donation of these amazing public relations materials showcasing Brad's involvement with EFA, the NAMES Project, Outlook St. Louis, and so much more," said Steven Brawley, Project Founder. "Brad's collection of news releases, advertisements, photographs, and videos document the St. Louis region's early 1990s response to the HIV-AIDS crisis and overall LGBT activism."
Brad's true passions were theater and blogging. At the time of his death, he was the Director of PR and Marketing at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and was beloved by the entire St. Louis theater community.
He was also a fixture at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival where his annual Breakfast with Brad session on blogging was always a hot ticket. He is credited by the Oxford English Dictionary as having coined the word "blogosphere," though when he first used it, it was sardonically.
He is deeply missed and will continue to be missed for decades to come by all who knew and loved him, because he was so nice, so cool, and so funny! Picture: Brad Graham/The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.