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President Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning Sentence

1/17/2017 1:38 PM PST
Breaking News

0117-obama-manning-tmz-apPresident Obama just commuted Chelsea Manning's sentence and she will be freed in May ... the White House announced Tuesday.

Chelsea Manning -- a former Army intelligence officer who leaked classified information to WikiLeaks -- was convicted back in 2013, and sentenced to 35 years in prison. Obama's commutation means she'll be out May 17, after just 7 years served.

Manning, a transgender woman, attempted suicide twice while in prison.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said last week he would agree to extradition to the U.S. if Obama released Manning from prison. Assange remains holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

It's unclear if a deal has been struck.

'Dreamgirls' Jennifer Holliday Canceled Trump Inauguration Because of Death Threats

1/16/2017 2:19 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0116_jennifer-holliday_tmz-2Jennifer Holliday pulled the plug on her inauguration performance because people threatened to kill her and her family ... TMZ has learned.

The "Dreamgirls" star agreed to sing at an inaugural event but did an about-face Saturday, saying she bailed because she was taking heat from the LGBT community.

But we've learned when her agent contacted the Inauguration Committee, he said the reason was death threats. We're told the LGBT concerns were not even mentioned.

A rep for Holliday told TMZ Monday ... both the death threats and the LGBT reaction were factors in her decision.

The rep tells us, "It was all of those things. She wasn’t scared to perform. She didn’t want to put her family at risk based on the death threats and she also didn’t want to offend the LGBT community which was especially upset that a past ally would perform on a program with President-Elect Donald Trump."

You may recall ... Trump's people said she was a lock late last week, but then her management team came out and said Trump's people jumped the gun ... that she was merely considering the offer. That doesn't square with the fact that Holliday herself said Friday she was fully on board.

We don't know if the people who made the threats identified themselves or any group with which they were affiliated.

A rep for the singer tells us her primary concern was the safety of her family.

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Donald Trump Rumored Bathroom Plan is Scary Says California Lt. Governor

1/11/2017 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Donald Trump and the Republicans aren't really that concerned about transgender people and which bathrooms people use, but it's just an example of a much bigger agenda ... so says California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom.

There are rumors swirling Trump might tamper with state laws that now allow transgender equality in bathrooms. Newsom was heading into E Baldi restaurant in Bev Hills Tuesday and expressed fear and hope about the new prez.

Newsom's got a good chance of becoming the next governor of Cali, and we hear he has presidential ambitions.

Vivica A. Fox 'Black Magic' Partner Bails After 'No Gays' Comment

1/9/2017 8:26 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0109-vivica-a-fox-Jean-Claude-LaMarre-TMZ-Facebook-01Vivica A. Fox pissed off the director and producer who made her male stripper reality show possible -- Jean-Claude LaMarre is cutting ties with her after she said gay men aren't welcome at the strip shows.

Jean-Claude put Vivica in his movie, "Chocolate City" ... which led to her spinning off 'Black Magic' into a TV show. You'll recall, she was promoting the show last week on "The Breakfast Club" when she strongly objected to the suggestion gays were coming out to see her strippers.

As she put it ... "Hell no!"

Now LaMarre tells TMZ ... "The comments were out of order, and it does not represent our attitudes toward the LGBT community. All are welcomed." He added, "Vivica speaks for herself not the business or the show."

LaMarre will remain an Executive Producer on the reality show, and made it clear he wants 'Black Magic' to succeed -- he just doesn't want to work with Vivica anymore. 

Vivica A. Fox My Male Strippers Don't Dance for Gays

1/6/2017 7:44 AM PST

Vivica A. Fox is drawing a line in the strip club when it comes to gays and her 'Black Magic' male revue.

Vivica and a couple of the dancers from her new reality show hit up "The Breakfast Club," and things got kinda homophobic when Charlamagne tha God and DJ Envy asked if gay guys go to their shows.

Check out Vivica's quick response. Sometimes a simple "HELL no" speaks volumes.

As she put it ... her show is all about the girls. 

Ellen to Pharrell No Way I'm Giving Kim Burrell a Platform

1/5/2017 9:31 AM PST

Ellen DeGeneres and Pharrell took a strong stand against gospel singer Kim Burrell and her homophobic rant.

Pharrell was supposed to appear with Kim to do their song from the "Hidden Figures" soundtrack -- but Ellen explained why that couldn't possibly happen after Burrell's comments ... which Pharrell summed up as "hate speech."

Ellen and Pharrell had a powerful response for Burrell. The full episode airs Thursday.

Janelle Monae, who co-stars in the movie, told us she won't tolerate Burrell's words either.

Janelle Monae Claims Kim Burrell Won't Be on 'Ellen' ... After Homophobic Rant

1/3/2017 6:08 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Janelle Monae says gospel singer Kim Burrell has been 86d from "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in the wake of her homophobic rant.

Janelle told our photog at LAX Burrell sunk herself with an anti-gay church sermon last week.

Kim did a duet with Pharrell on the soundtrack of "Hidden Figures," so she was supposed to sing it with him on Ellen's show this week ... and Janelle -- who's one of the movie's stars -- is also set to be a guest. Now, Janelle says it'll just be her and Pharrell.

Janelle also has some choice words for Burrell.

As for Ellen ... she confirmed Janelle's remarks Tuesday morning on Twitter, saying "For those asking, Kim Burrell will not be appearing on my show." 

Skateboarder Brian Anderson I'm Married!! Ties The Knot With BF

12/29/2016 10:33 AM PST
Breaking News

1229-brian-anderson-same-sex-marriage-INSTAGRAM-01Skateboarding legend Brian Anderson is a married man!!

After going public with his sexual orientation in September, Anderson tied the knot with his longtime boyfriend Wednesday in New York.

"Thanks to all who fought for the same sex marriage act in New York and everywhere else in the nation and world wide," Anderson posted on Instagram.

"We are very grateful! The world has a ways to go. Let's keep pushing..."

The couple met in the fall of 2015 and were engaged at the time Anderson came out.

Congrats!!

TV's Gay Bachelor Here's a Look at My Gigolo Days ... But It's for a Cause

12/21/2016 1:10 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

1221-gay-bachelor-robert-sepulveda-jrTV's first gay bachelor, Robert Sepulveda Jr., is bringing awareness to sex workers by getting mostly naked on camera. Bare with him ... there's a point to this.

The "Finding Prince Charming" star says he recreated real moments from his rent-a-guy past for a 2017 calendar -- hence the big wad of cash in some of the pics.

Robert owned up to having been an escort right before his show started airing. He says he hopes the calendar can be a conversation piece. Not about his piece, but about the plight of sex workers.

The limited edition calendar is entitled "Rented" and costs $50. Robert says all proceeds go to the Sex Workers Project.

The racy teaser video tells fans to "Order yours today." He means the calendar. We think.

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Blake Shelton I'm A Fan Of Ty Herndon His Sexuality is Irrelevant

11/16/2016 1:48 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Blake Shelton says good music, not sexuality, triumphs in Nashville.

Blake and Gwen Stefani were leaving Bed Bath & Beyond Wednesday in the San Fernando Valley when our photog asked about Ty Herndon, a veteran country singer who came out 2 years ago.

Listen to Blake ... he's undaunted by Ty's sexuality ... "The Voice" judge judges based on music, and whether a singer is gay or straight is irrelevant.

Rapper Young M.A I'm an Inspiration to Young Gay Men and Women

11/16/2016 6:37 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Rapper Young M.A is not only super popular ... she's proud to be a role model for young gay people trying to find themselves.

The openly gay artist -- who is CRUSHING 2016 with her hit "Ooouuu" -- seemed happy she's inspiring the next generation.

The 24-year-old also talked tattoos and even brushed on the Game-Meek Mill diss track ... if anyone cares to remember

Pulse Nightclub Newly Released Video Horrific Scene

11/11/2016 6:24 AM PST

The carnage at Pulse nightclub came back to life in a jolting way, after authorities released video of the slaughter.

Multiple body cameras strapped to the officers show the sheer volume of violence inside the gay nightclub, where 49 people were murdered. 

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One video shows cops charging the bathroom where hostages were held and killed. 

Not all of the video shot was released ... some was simply too much to bear. 

Kevin Hart I Took a Buffalo Wing to the Face ... At a Male Strip Club!

10/13/2016 6:27 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kevin Hart hasn't quite had rotten tomatoes thrown at him while onstage ... but he has dealt with fried poultry and half-naked men all in one heckling. 

We got Kevin in NYC -- where he was promoting "What Now?" -- and asked about his worst bombing experience as a stand-up -- he didn't disappoint. Kevin tells us he was performing at a male strip club once ... when he came face-to-face with a thrown buffalo wing.

Sounds like he tried to be a grown little man about it, but chickened out. 

Kevin's no quitter though. Watch -- he came back and conquered that male strip club.

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