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L.A. Mayor

Caitlyn Jenner Should Carry Olympic Torch

... In 2024

8/28/2015 6:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

If L.A. gets the Olympics in 2024, the Mayor says he already has one person in mind for the all-important lighting of the Olympic Cauldron ... Olympic legend Caitlyn Jenner!!!  

The lighting of the cauldron is a HUGE honor -- with the host country usually selecting someone it feels can proudly embody what the country stands for on a global stage. 

Past cauldron lighters have been Muhammad Ali, Wayne Gretzky and countless inspiring athletes from all over the world.  

So, with the City of Los Angeles battling to get the 2024 games, Mayor Eric Garcetti told TMZ Sports the first person to come to mind for the honor is Caitlyn.  

Now, all Garcetti has to do is beat out Paris, Rome and Hamburg for the 2024 bid -- and then Caitlyn should start to clear out her schedule.  

Awesome Dad

My Son Can Have Whatever He Wants

... Even A Doll

8/25/2015 8:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mikki Willis doesn't care about raising his kids by "traditional rules" ... so when his son picked out a doll as his new toy, this awesome dad was all for it.

After 4-year-old Azai got two of the same toys for his birthday, Mikki brought him to the store to exchange it for a new gift ... and the first thing he wanted was a Little Mermaid Barbie doll.

Mikki says he's received tons of negative comments since posting the video ... but this amazing father isn't parenting for the negative commenters, saying -- "My job as daddy is to provide a safe playing field for my boys to play whatever game they choose." 

Ted Cruz

Grilled By Ellen Page ...

While Grilling Pork Chops

8/21/2015 12:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ted Cruz stopped by the Iowa State Fair Friday to cook up pork chops the all-American way, but instead the GOP presidential candidate was grilled by Ellen Page.

Page, who came out publicly last year as a lesbian, confronted Cruz about his views on LGBT rights, specifically people getting fired for being gay or trans in the workplace.

Cruz takes a stand, Page stands her ground, and the 2 get into it.

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Michael Sam

Was No Jackie Robinson, But ...

Gay Athletes Still Owe Him

8/20/2015 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0819-tuaolo-sam-getty-01Michael Sam should be hailed as a hero in the gay community ... even though his football career is in the crapper -- so says activist Esera Tuaolo, the first NFL player to come out after retirement.

TMZ Sports spoke with Tuaolo ... who back in 2002 shocked the sports world by announcing he'd been in the closet during his 9 years playing with the Falcons, Packers and Vikings.

Sam's catching a lot of flak since quitting the CFL -- but Tuaolo says he should get credit for coming out at the most crucial time in his career. He says, "It was definitely awesome, helped kids and I think will make it easier for more people" in the future.

He acknowledges Sam fell short of being a Jackie Robinson type, but adds very few have that kind of drive ... "Jackie was incredible, he didn't give a crap about anything else. He knew he had a gift."

Tuaolo says he tried to contact Sam, but never heard back. Had they spoken, he would have warned him, "If you're going to be THE ONE, you have an obligation to stay focused on the goal."

As for Sam making a comeback ... Tuaolo says he's young enough to do it, if he puts his mind to it.


White House

Is Everyone's House

Hires First Transgender Staffer

8/18/2015 2:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0818-raffi-freedman-gurspan-ncte-02Caitlyn Jenner has undoubtedly opened doors for the transgender community ... including those at the White House.  

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan has become the first openly transgender woman hired by the White House.

She'll serve as a recruitment director in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel.

It's not Raffi's first time making history ... she was also the first transgender woman to work in the Massachusetts State House.

'Real Housewives of Atlanta'

Transgender Woman

Added to Cast

8/17/2015 6:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0817_amiyah-scott-TMZProducers of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" have figured out a way to fill the shoes NeNe Leakes ... and it starts with the first transgender woman to appear on the show.

TMZ has learned ... Amiyah Scott will join the cast next season. Amiyah is a model who was born Arthur and began her transformation 10 years ago when she was 17.

Amiyah has been romantically linked to a number of rappers.

The show is also adding Kim Fields from "Facts of Life."


Brewers Minor Leaguer

I'm Gay ...

1st Active MLB Player to Come Out

8/16/2015 1:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0815_david-densonmlbcomMilwaukee Brewers 1st baseman David Denson announced he's gay -- the first Major League Baseball affiliated player to do so -- and he says his teammates are showing full support for him.

Benson plays on the Brewers' Rookie League team in Montana, and made the announcement during an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He says he made the decision after consulting with Billy Bean -- a retired former MLB player.

Denson says last month one of his teammates jokingly called him a gay epithet, and he replied ... "Be careful what you say, you never know." Despite that incident ... Denson says his teammates in Helena, MT have had his back 100%.

He told the team first, and says they told him his sexuality didn't matter because it has nothing to do with his ability as a player. According to Denson, they added ... "You're still our teammate. You're still our brother."

MLB joins pro soccer, basketball, and football ... as team sports that have had players come out.

Michael Sam

This Time I'm QUITTING Football

8/14/2015 4:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0814-michael-sam-allouettes-GETTY-01Michael Sam is worried about his mental state ... so he's leaving football -- again -- one week after he became the first openly gay player in a professional game.

Sam announced he's quitting the CFL's Montreal Alouettes because "The last 12 months have been very difficult for me, to the point where I became concerned with mental health." 

He thanked the Alouettes for giving him a chance to return to football ... after he was cut from 2 NFL teams. He'd also had issues while playing in Canada, and flirted with leaving before. 

Oddly, he said he hopes to be "back on the field soon."

It seems unlikely that any pro team would take a chance on him at this point.

Margaret Cho

Finally Pulls the Plug

on Marriage

8/13/2015 3:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0813_Margaret-Cho_tmzIt took her nearly a year, but Margaret Cho has finally filed docs to legally separate from her husband after announcing they were splitting last December.

Cho announced last December that she and hubby Al Ridenour were splitting up, but she filed separation docs in L.A. on Wednesday. In the docs she says they've actually been separated since September, 2014.

Cho and Ridenour got married in 2003, and have no kids.

The comedian announced she was bisexual in 2013, and has also said she and Al had an open marriage. 


Chelsea Manning

Facing Solitary Confinement Because of

Caitlyn Jenner Mag

8/13/2015 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0812-chelsea-manning-ap-01Chelsea Manning -- the whistleblower currently serving a 35-year sentence for passing classified military documents to Wikileaks -- is facing solitary confinement,  partly because of Caitlyn Jenner.

A lawyer for Manning told Buzzfeed News Manning's alleged violations include having an expired tube of toothpaste, disorderly conduct and possessing "prohibited property" ... specifically a number of LGBTQ reading materials, including Jenner's Vanity Fair issue.

Manning -- who came out as a transgender woman in 2013 -- is facing an indefinite trip to solitary.  A hearing is scheduled for next week.


Gay Rapper Is Good

... For 'L&HH Hollywood'

8/12/2015 6:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Omarion has no problem with gay rapper Milan Christopher appearing on the new season of "Love & Hip Hop Hollywood" ... but he also doesn't want his storyline riddled with homophobia.

Truth is ... Omarion's confusing. He's either saying he doesn't want to shoot scenes with Milan, or he doesn't want to get roped into Milan's claims that other rappers on the show are homophobic.

Omarion says it's good for the show, because homosexuality is very popular right now. As in what ... everyone should have one?

Caitlyn Jenner

One Thing Hasn't Changed

... I Still Only Like Girls!

8/9/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0807-caitlyn-jenner-instagram-01Caitlyn Jenner is still only into women ... despite what the producers of her show want you to think.

A promo for this week's episode of "I Am Cait" casts doubt on her sexual orientation, but we're told Caitlyn has not wavered an inch -- she's not attracted to men.

Our sources say Caitlyn's family has asked the same question and got an unequivocal answer ... she's into women just as much as Bruce.

It's all academic for now, because Caitlyn has made it clear she's got plenty on her plate and is not ready or interested in dating.

Michael Sam

I'm a Pro Now!

Sees First CFL Action

8/7/2015 5:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Michael Sam is now the first openly gay player in a pro football game -- he suited up Friday evening and just got his first game action for the Montreal Alouettes.

18 months after he was drafted by the Rams -- Sam lined up at defensive end Friday evening for Montreal's game against Ottawa. He didn't start, but entered the game with about 5 minutes to go in the first quarter.

It's been a long road -- Sam was cut by the Rams and the Cowboys, and believed he never got a fair shake in the NFL because he announced he was gay right before the draft. 

As TMZ Sports previously reported ... Sam left Montreal's training camp and returned to the States for "personal reasons" in June. He rejoined the squad a few weeks later, and he's been held out of the first 5 games.


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