Matt Bragg was born in 1971 in Akron, Ohio. After high school, he joined the U.S. Navy and served for four years. The defining moment of his military service came with the beating death of a gay shipmate. After his military service ended, Bragg lived in San Diego. It was there he accidentally became a stand-up comedian after the scheduled comics backed out and Bragg filled in. This opportunity was first a hobby, then became a career. At the time of this interview, Bragg worked as a bartender at a local bar. He considered himself to be an accidental activist. His goal was to change the perceptions of the gay community through his comedy.
military, Facebook, comedy, hate crime, Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell, media, Metropolitan Church, Ellen DeGeneres, pride parade, gay marriage, Gay/Straight Alliances, privacy, witch hunting
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