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Hillary Clinton Visits Pulse And Victims' Families

7/22/2016 2:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0722_hillary_clinton_pulse_nightclub_launch_2Hillary Clinton paid her respects and read dozens of memorials Friday at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.

The presidential candidate delivered a bouquet of white roses before sitting down with the families of the 49 mass shooting victims.

She also met with city and LGBTQ community leaders. 

Peter Thiel Proud to be Gay, Proud to be Republican

7/21/2016 6:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel delivered a few lines at the Republican National Convention Thursday that were met with a surprising and even shocking reaction from the crowd.

Thiel is the first openly gay speaker at a Republican convention who addressed LGBT issues. He conceded the party platform was not his vision. In fact, the platform, which among other things seeks to repudiate the right of gays to marry, is considered by many draconian and hostile to the LGBT community.

Nevertheless, when Thiel presented himself to the crowd as a proud gay man, he was received warmly and, arguably, embraced by the crowd.

NBA How's This for a Bathroom Break? We Won't Play All-Star Game in Charlotte

7/21/2016 3:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The NBA is officially saying goodbye to North Carolina ... the 2017 All-Star Game will be moved to a state more friendly to the LGBT community.

The catalyst for the decision ... the North Carolina law that requires people to use bathrooms that correspond with their birth gender. The move to repeal the law failed.

The game -- which was originally scheduled for February 19, 2017 at Timer Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte -- will now be moved to another city ... as yet undetermined.

An NBA official says, "We do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2." 

All hope isn't lost for basketball fans in Charlotte ... the NBA says they HOPE to reschedule the ASG for 2019 ... providing Charlotte lawmakers 86 the bill.

Andre Iguodala Steph Curry Unfairly Pressured to Speak On Transgender Laws

7/14/2016 12:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Andre Iguodala says his teammate, Steph Curry, was unfairly pressured into taking a public stand against transgender laws in Charlotte ... and called the whole thing a "lose-lose situation."

The Golden State Warriors star appeared on "The Breakfast Club" on Thursday -- and said he thinks it's BS that superstars like Steph and LeBron are always called upon to fight social injustice. He was essentially taking a stand against taking a stand. 

It's an interesting comment ... considering LeBron's speech at the ESPYs Wednesday night. 

But the most interesting part -- when Andre brought up a situation involving Steph Curry that went down right around the time North Carolina passed a controversial law requiring transgender people to use the bathrooms that corresponds to their gender at the time of their birth. 

"Steph's from Charlotte and they tried to make him make a statement about the trans laws," Andre said ... without specifying who was putting the pressure on Curry.

"Why should he have to have an opinion about that? It's a lose lose situation for him no matter which way he goes." 

As for Steph ... he waffled on the topic when first asked about it back in March -- before issuing a slightly stronger statement a few days later. 

If it was up to Andre, he wouldn't have had to comment about it all. 

Gay 'Bachelor' A Rose with a Hose

7/12/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0711_robert-sepulveda_launch_instagramMove over, Chris Soules ... there's a new bachelor in town. The good news ... he's not after your girl.

We've learned the Logo network is shooting a gay 'bachelor' show, and the prize is Robert Sepulveda Jr. He's an interior designer with Puerto Rican roots who now lives in ATL. In case you didn't notice, Robbie's in good shape.

Our production sources say 13 male contestants have been cast and the show is filming at an L.A. mansion.   

The show is called "Finding Prince Charming" and it's hosted by Lance Bass.

There might be a rub. We're told the show is not a spinoff of "The Bachelor," and it's unclear whether producers of the OG show might have a problem with the knockoff.

No word on when the show will premiere on Logo.

London Pride Cop Proposal No Happy Ending For Ex-Boyfriends

7/2/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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063016-main-london-viral-guy-youtubeTwo guys who had to watch their ex-boyfriends' marriage proposal go viral ... are now crushing the dreams of Internet cupids, proving fairy tales do NOT come true, usually. Deal with it.

The guys, Matt and Jacob, became a thing on social media when they tweeted about the proposal that went down during London Pride.

If you missed it ... a London cop (Matt's ex-fiance) stopped in the middle of the parade, got down on one knee and asked his bf (Jacob's ex) to marry him. The proposal was shared more than 15 million times on Twitter, so Matt and Jacob quickly caught wind ... and couldn't resist tweeting.

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Jacob and Matt tell us they were flooded with comments from people who thought it would be poetic justice if they got together -- but Matt says he has a new BF, so he's not looking.

They say they did exchange DMs, but simply to discuss their exes' engagement. Jacob says he'd be down to grab a pint with Matt, but that's it.

See? Rom-Coms really do ruin the world.

Boosie TV's Trying to Make Everybody F****** Gay

7/1/2016 6:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Boosie is adamant ... TV is forcing kids to be gay, and if things don't change ... in 10 years half our population will wave the rainbow flag.

Boosie went wild Thursday during an interview with DJ Vlad ... railing on TV shows that showcase gay characters. He mentions "Empire" and various cartoons including "The Flintstones," and excoriates producers he accuses of "forcing" young kids to become gay.

Boosie says he doesn't hate gays. On the other hand, he says if one of his kids said he was gay, "I would slap his ass back straight."

You gotta watch this.

Omar Mateen Gay Rendezvous Evidence Captured On Hotel Security Cameras

6/23/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0622_omar-mateen_gay_lover_myspace_UnivisionPortions of Omar Mateen's alleged hookup with at least one gay man were captured on surveillance cameras at an Orlando hotel ... TMZ has learned.

Sources at the Ambassador Hotel tell TMZ, Mateen was seen on camera footage recorded December 14, 2015 around 11 PM. We're told the video bolsters the claims of the heavily disguised man who told Univision he met up with Mateen 15-20 times at the hotel between November and December.

Our sources say the video shows Mateen walk to the front desk, speak to a staffer and then walk around a corner toward the room where the anonymous man says he was staying during their rendezvous.

We're told management showed the video to staffers and asked if anyone recalled seeing Mateen. The only person who noticed him is a guy who works the night shift.

We're told the FBI went to the Ambassador Tuesday night and took a copy of the surveillance footage. 

The Bureau wouldn't confirm, but the video could go a long way to figuring out if Mateen attacked a gay club as part of a twisted revenge plot.

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Democratic Sit-in Gun Control Protest Fueled by Ironic Takeout

6/22/2016 4:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Democrats staging a sit-in on the floor of Congress won't go hungry -- we spotted their food order on its way into the Capitol ... and it's pretty damn ironic.

A couple carts full of Chick-fil-A food were toted in by Congressional interns. We get it ... protesters gotta eat, but consider this: The push for gun control legislation was prompted by Omar Mateen's heinous attack on a gay nightclub -- and Chick-fil-A's ownership has a long history of opposing LGBTQ rights.

To be fair, the company's undergoing an image makeover, and has contributed tons of food and money to relief efforts in Orlando.

Still ... odd choice. DC's a big city.

Omar Mateen on Dating Apps Penis Pics to Guys Also Scoping Out Women

6/15/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0612-omar-mateen-myspace-04There are mounting claims that Omar Mateen was gay and looking to hook up on apps and in clubs -- but it appears he was also actively hitting on women ... a strong sign of a possible struggle with his sexuality. 

Cord Cedeno says he connected with Mateen a couple years ago on Grindr, but it was hardly titillating. Cedeno says Mateen -- whose profile was a pic of him in a tie -- would only say "Hi" over and over. He says he eventually blocked Mateen, but knows 4 friends who say the Orlando murderer remained active on other apps.

He says Mateen used Adam4Adam to send shots of his penis to men -- but never showed his face. Cedeno says he has no knowledge Mateen was ever successful in hooking up with a man.

On the other hand ... a female user on Plenty Of Fish says Mateen reached out to her 18 months ago. She says he was "nice, normal ... mentioned he had a child, but said he was single and looking for a good woman to marry."

She told us Mateen never said anything about being into men, but did rant about Islam and the Quran ... saying people misunderstood his religion. She says he wanted to meet face-to-face, but she too blocked him because he seemed "emotionally unstable."

The FBI says it's investigating Mateen's potential activity on gay apps, and reports he'd visited Pulse multiple times before Sunday morning's killings.

Richard Simmons I'm Not Transitioning ... But Orlando Needs Love

6/14/2016 4:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0614_ricahrd_simmons_TMZRichard Simmons just silenced everyone speculating he's been hiding from the public during a gender transition ... calling the reports lies and focusing attention on the Orlando tragedy.

Simmons addressed the rumors, saying, "Although I am not transitioning, I have and always will be supportive of those who are going through their journey." He continues, "My broken heart and healing thoughts are with the people of Orlando and all other victims of prejudice, bigotry and hate."

Tuesday's Facebook post is the first time in a long time Simmons has personally spoken out ... he was mysteriously hospitalized nearly two weeks ago for several days and has been in virtual seclusion for almost 3 years. 

Omar Mateen's Father I Blame Pulse Nightclub For Not Stopping My Son

6/14/2016 3:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Omar Mateen's father is now saying Pulse nightclub should share the blame for his son's massacre of 49 innocent people.

Seddique Mateen made that unbelievable statement after inviting reporters to his home in Port St. Lucie, FL. He believes the club was woefully unprepared for the number of patrons it had that night.

His gall is breathtaking, but watch ... he actually tries to justify his comment during the interview with Orlando's FOX35.

A spokesman for Pulse tells TMZ, "We simply can't find the words to respond to such a callous comment from the father of the man who perpetrated this heinous act."

Mateen was also asked about his daughter-in-law's whereabouts -- in light of the news she helped Omar purchase ammo for the murders. 

Pulse Nightclub Final Night of Partying

6/14/2016 11:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The last moments before Omar Mateen burst into Pulse nightclub were filled with dancing, boozing and a celebrity performance ... as seen in this video TMZ obtained.

This was the scene inside Pulse early Sunday morning, less than 2 hours before the shooting started. As we've reported ... it was Latin night, and in this video it's clear how packed it was. Clubgoers were taking in a dance contest, cheering, and the MC poured booze freely.

"RuPaul's Drag Race" season 4 contestant Kenya Michaels was there too ... performing onstage.

Kenya escaped the club safely, but sadly pointed out her "best friends" were in the front row cheering for her. She says ... "Now all of them are gone."

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