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Michael Sam

Gay NFL Players Came Out to Me

... Some Are Very Famous

3/27/2015 6:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0327_michael_sam_tmzMichael Sam says there are "a lot" of gay players in the NFL -- including "some famous people" ... but Sam says he is sworn to secrecy and will not reveal their identities. 

Sam spoke with the media in Dallas on Thursday and said, "I am not the only gay person in the NFL. I'm just saying there is a lot of us."

Sam says multiple players have reached out to him and "had the courage to tell me that they were also gay, but they do not have the same courage as I do to come out before I even played a down in the NFL."

"The players who have reached out to me and told me about their sexual orientation, it just means a lot. But I will never say anything about who they are, what teams they're [on]. I'm just saying there's some famous people, and I'm not the only one."

He also expanded on why he came out at the time he did -- before the 2014 Draft -- saying, "Was it a risky move? Yes. But at that moment, the reason why I came out is I thought it wasn't going to be a big deal. Maybe I was naive. Maybe I thought it was 2014, and people will understand that there's gay NFL players."

"There's gay athletes everywhere. But I was clearly wrong. It was a huge deal."

Tara Reid

I'm a Cashnado ...

Rainin' Dollas On Drag Queens

3/15/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0312-tara-reid-instagramSome L.A. drag queens should call FEMA ... earlier this week Tara Reid blew into a gay bar like a category 5 "Sharknado," bringing a torrential downpour of dolla bills with her.

Our drag sources tell us Reid rolled into The Abbey in West Hollywood for Lip Service -- the regular Monday all drag lip-sync show -- and dropped hundreds in GW's while they belted out hits. 

We're told she doled out cash from the VIP booth and the performers were more than grateful for the extra green.

But a star can only sit and watch for so long ... she eventually got up and crooned with drag queen Vicky Vox.

California won't need rain for a while.

Michael Sam

I Just Signed!!!

With 'Dancing with the Stars'

2/23/2015 2:54 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0223-michael-sam-dancing-with-the-stars-TMZ-02Michael Sam will be competing in March, not on the football field, but on the "Dancing with the Stars" hardwood ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Michael -- the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL -- will be part of Season 20, which fires up next month.

Here's the problem. Sam -- who insinuated he was cut from the NFL because he is gay -- has vowed to get back in the league and said he'd take part in the first-ever veteran's combine on March 22.  

But Sam needs to prove he has what it takes, and we're thinkin' some of the owners might question his commitment if he's focusing on the rumba rather than rumbling.

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'Imitation Game' Screenwriter

'I'm Not Gay'

HOLY CRAP!

2/23/2015 10:12 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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And you thought Michael Keaton not winning the Oscar was the biggest surprise ... the guy who won for Best Adapted Screenplay is not gay!

Graham Moore did an interview after the awards in which he said, "I'm not gay, but I've never talked publicly about depression before or any of that and that was so much of what the movie was about ..."

Fact is ... he never said in his acceptance speech he was gay, but everyone assumed it because the main character in the movie was gay and the torment he had to endure resulted in his suicide. 

Moore said at the Oscars he had some connection to Alan Turing because both of them had issues fitting in growing up. He told BuzzFeed, "It was one of the things that drew me to Alan Turing so much, I think we all feel like weirdos for different reasons."

Moore spoke to reporters backstage and did not broach the topic of his sexuality ... even though a reporter tried to ask him about it ... without actually asking him. 

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Bruce to Family

I Knew I Was a Woman

Since Age 5

2/16/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Bruce Jenner recently opened up to his family that he has known since the age of 5 that he was a female.

Family sources tell TMZ, Bruce told the klan he has kept his "true self" inside since he was a child, and even during the '76 Olympics -- when he was considered the greatest male athlete in the world -- in his head he was a woman.

That said, we're told Bruce has "never been female" in front of any of his kids. As for what that means, we're told in part he never wore female attire around the children.   

Bruce has not told the Kardashians what his new name will be, and we've learned he will NOT reveal it during his interview with Diane Sawyer

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Poker Legend Doyle Brunson

Bruce Jenner's No Longer My Hero

I'm Not Down with Sex Changes

2/15/2015 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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"The Godfather of Poker" Doyle Brunson says he no longer views Bruce Jenner as a hero ... all because of Jenner's decision to become a woman.

Brunson tweeted, "I can't believe Bruce Jenner is trying to become a woman? He was a hero of mine since I was involved in track long ago. #Sayitsnottrue"

Doyle continued, "this man was an Olympic champion that set all kind of records. That's a woman? My hero? Come on!" ... and his tweets triggered outrage in some.

 
The 81-year-old -- who's won the World Series of Poker twice -- eventually responded to the onslaught with a jab, writing, "He may still be some people's hero, but not me."

Brunson was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame, he's won 10 WSOP bracelets in his career and is considered to be one of the most influential poker players of all time.

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Bruce to Daughters

Please Shut Up

About My Sex Change

2/15/2015 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Bruce Jenner says his family leaks like a sieve, and he's to the point he doesn't trust his daughters with any info regarding his sex change ... sources connected with Bruce tell TMZ.

We're told Bruce has been irate over some of the recent leaks and blames it squarely on the big mouths of his girls. He's playing it close to the vest with the Kardashians, which is complicated because they were shooting Season 10 of the reality show. 

We're told Bruce is conflicted because he knows KUWTK can fuel interest in his docuseries, but he's worried whatever he said on and off camera will get leaked, courtesy of his daughters.

And get this ... we're told Bruce has even tested his hunch with information, and it almost instantly surfaced online.

Put a cork in it girls.

Bruce Jenner

Full Steam Ahead

On Sex Change Docuseries

2/10/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Bruce Jenner DocumentaryBruce Jenner's upcoming docuseries chronicling his change from a man to a woman is going full bore ... despite Saturday's fatal car crash.

Production sources say there has been absolutely no move to slow down the shooting, editing or airing of the special, which will begin airing as early as May. We're told Bruce has given no indication he's had a change of heart.

We've learned the show is being produced by Bunim/Murray Productions, which also produces "Keeping Up with the Kardashians."  The company has produced a slew of reality shows, including "The Real World."

As we reported ... the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. is investigating the crash. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ they believe Bruce was following too closely behind the Lexus he hit, sending the car into oncoming traffic. The driver was killed after colliding with a Hummer.

Bruce faces an almost certain civil lawsuit and could be prosecuted if the D.A. believes he was indeed following too closely, but as we reported such prosecutions are "very rare."

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Bruce Jenner

Blanches at Transgender Criticism

My Journey is Not About Money!

2/9/2015 12:21 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0207-bruce-jenner-zoey-tur-tmz-02Some members of the transgender community are up in arms over the way Bruce Jenner has chosen to come out ... but Bruce is saying this isn't one size fits all and he's not apologizing.

Bruce's friends say he was adamant he would not make the big move until his daughters were old enough to understand his decision and withstand what he believes is the inevitable teasing.

As for the interview and TV shows ... Bruce is saying it has nothing to do with money and has everything to do with control. He wants his story to come out the way he feels is best.

We're told Bruce is surprised Zoey Tur doesn't understand where he's coming from, since she's been the most vocal about the community's anger over Jenner packaging the announcement for TV.

One source says, "He's still going through the motions and wants to take his time to help his youngest daughters cope. It's not about a TV show or announcement."

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Bruce Jenner

Jenner Sources Call BS

Kris Knew for YEARS

2/9/2015 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The Kardashians are lying when they say they were blindsided by news that Bruce Jenner was becoming a woman, and in Kris' case she's known for years ... sources directly connected to the Jenner family tell TMZ. 

We're told Jenner's sons are finding it hard to stomach reports that Kris had no idea Bruce was becoming a woman. That's exactly what Kardashian sources told TMZ, that Kris was in the dark.

But that has infuriated members of Bruce's family, who say Kris has known since they got married that Bruce "had issues with his sexual identity." And they say his desire to transition surfaced years ago.

Our Jenner sources say Kris wanted it under wraps because it would "hurt the brand." So for the last few years they say she was ironfisted about keeping it all private. 

We're also told the Jenner boys are upset with Kim -- although they will deny it publicly -- because they are convinced she knew exactly what she was doing when she talked about Bruce's journey and she jacked Bruce's moment.

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Bruce Jenner

Transgender Community Pissed

Come out Already!

2/7/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Bruce Jenner TransgenderPeople in the transgender community are angry at Bruce Jenner for packaging his announcement he's becoming a woman into a TV show, saying he's more interested in money than setting an example.

Zoey Tur, a leader in the L.A. transgender community, tells TMZ Live there's a lot of anger because they have no real role models now and here is a world class athlete who could literally save lives by way of example but is now deep in the TV game, exploiting the announcement.

Tur, formerly famed CBS helicopter pilot Bob Tur who shot the Reginald Denny beating, says, "This is a civil rights battle. This is not about selling TV shows."

Tur says the suicide rate for transgenders is enormous -- 6 times the national average, yet Bruce is angling to roll his announcement out on season 10 of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" and then on his own docuseries.

Zoey says simply, "How much money do you need?"

Bruce Jenner

Sexual Preference Uncertain

After Cross-Sex Hormone Therapy

2/6/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Bruce Jenner -- who has been married three times and produced 6 children -- could become attracted to men after a powerful element of his transition into a woman takes hold ... this according to medical experts and members of the transgender community.

TMZ has spent several days surveying medical experts, who tell us Bruce is in the middle of Cross-sex Hormone Therapy, which involves heavy doses of estrogen.  

The estrogen drives down levels of testosterone and the brain "feminizes" -- in the vernacular, he begins to "think like a woman."

Several prominent doctors in the field tell us, the hormones often change sexual preference. These doctors say in cases where sexual preferences change from women to men, the patient often had suppressed feelings before the transition and the estrogen allows their true feelings to surface.

One leader in the transgender community tells TMZ ... she says based on 300 transsexuals in various countries, 1/3 of them retained their sexual preference, 1/3 identified themselves as bisexual and 1/3 changed sexual preference.

As for Bruce ... we're told he's in a transformative stage, where his skin will change, and his breasts will grow and his voice will become more feminine. The changes are enhanced by procedures Bruce has already completed, including Botox, facial laser hair removal and several other surgeries, including his laryngeal shave.

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Kris Jenner

I Had No Idea

Bruce Wanted to Be a Woman

2/5/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Bruce Jenner kept Kris Jenner in the dark over his sex change until their family meeting several weeks back ... and she flipped out because she just couldn't believe the man to whom she was married for 22 years wanted to become a woman. 

Family sources tell TMZ ... Kris heard all the buzz about Bruce but he never told her and she never asked. It sounds incredible, but we're told there was "a serious lack of communication in the marriage."

When they had their family sit down -- which of course was recorded -- we're told Kris squarely challenged Bruce, disbelieving he truly wanted a sex change. Things got heated because Bruce insisted he was both comfortable and determined.  

We're also told Kris felt this was a shining example of the fundamental problem they had in their marriage -- they hardly communicated with each other, and Bruce was especially shut down. 

But Kris was not singled out. Bruce kept virtually everyone in his life -- including his close male friends with whom he spent lots of time -- in the dark.

You may recall, when TMZ posted the story in December 2013 that Bruce was getting a laryngeal shave, he told us he absolutely was not undergoing a sex change. We were told otherwise at the time but Bruce was adamant.  

It was all part of his plan to gradually let people get wind of what he was doing so it wasn't an enormous shock.

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