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Transgender Bodybuilder

Competing As Man or Woman?

'I'm Still Deciding'

7/30/2015 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Janae Marie -- the champion powerlifter who just came out as transgender -- says she's still deciding whether she'll continue to compete as a man or as a woman ... because she's concerned about the backlash.  

Marie -- formerly Matt "Kroc" Kroczaleski -- appeared on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" and told us how her life has changed since she went public about her gender identity. 

Janae says she's been "pleasantly surprised" with the support she's received from the elite powerlifting community ... though there has been an equal amount of hate. 

And the hate -- according to Janae -- is strongly influencing her decision about whether or not to compete as a woman moving forward. 

"I'm hesitant because I'm afraid it would do more harm than good. I'm afraid it's a no-win situation because if I win people will say it's not fair, it's cheating and I'm afraid that it would stir up a lot of people protesting against transgender athletes and I would never want to do anything to harm the transgender community."

Check out "TMZ Hollywood Sports" weeknights on Reelz.

Actor Leslie Jordan

Confrontation in WeHo Over Homophobic Slur

7/30/2015 2:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0730-subasset-starbucks-wehovilleActor Leslie Jordan fashioned his own style of justice by dousing a guy with a cold Starbucks drink after someone in the guy's group hurled a homophobic slur.

The "Will and Grace" star was at a Starbucks Wednesday on Santa Monica Blvd -- the heart of WeHo -- when cops say 3 young men were waiting in line, loudly talking to each other about heterosexual exploits.  

We're told at one point the manager asked the men to leave, and as they left one of them yelled, "You will die f****** f******."

Jordan, who was inside Starbucks, followed the men out and started to reprimand them, and when one of the men allegedly came at him, Leslie doused him with his cold drink.

L.A. County Sheriff's deputies were called and the three men were cuffed because they refused to calm down. The men were interviewed but ultimately not arrested because no crime was committed. A Sheriff's official tells us deputies got the names of the 3 men and documented the disturbance as a "hate incident," so it's on file.

Leslie was not arrested for throwing the drink.


Caitlyn Jenner

Lube and Condoms for Everyone!!!

7/24/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Caitlyn Jenner is into safe sex, and all the bells and whistles that go with it.

Cait was passing out condoms, lube and other essentials during gay pride week last month in NYC. The video just surfaced.

She's quite the salesgirl. 


Caitlyn Jenner

No Hiding This Smile

7/23/2015 12:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0723_caitlyn_jenner_happy_stroll_split_main_launchCaitlyn Jenner is doing something Bruce Jenner rarely did ... smile.

Caitlyn was out at the Four Seasons in Westlake Village with some of her girlfriends and she was grinning almost the entire time, as she strolled through the hotel's Japanese garden with Jeni and Didi.

Hard to believe it's been less than two months since the unveiling.

Caitlyn Jenner

I'm a Wine And

Champagne Gal Now!

7/21/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0720_caitlyn_jenner_compositeCaitlyn Jenner's gotten much looser with her attitude toward booze in the weeks since saying goodbye to Bruce.

Bruce was always very health conscious, and would only drink the occasional beer -- but our sources say Caitlyn's now a connoisseur of wines and champagnes ... relaxing with a few glasses while hanging with her girlfriends.

And CJ's not just highfalutin -- we're told she did down a few shots too at The Abbey over the weekend. 

Our sources say people in Caitlyn's life have noticed she is drinking more, but no one thinks it's an issue in the slightest -- she's just finally comfortable living her authentic life.

Case in point ... on Monday she was still toasting her ESPY with GFs. #YOLO



Caitlyn Jenner

Suck It, Haters ...

Vogue LOVES My Style

7/20/2015 3:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0720_caitlyn_jenner-espy_gettyCaitlyn Jenner's taken a ton of flak for her appearance, but now she has a bona fide stamp of approval -- from no less an authority than Vogue!  

The magazine just put her ESPY outfit on its list of the 10 best dressed women of the week.

Pretty sure D.L. Hughley ain't co-signing on that selection. How about you? 


Trans Reporter Zoey Tur

Accused of Battery

... Over Caitlyn Jenner

7/20/2015 1:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0720-zoey-tur-ben-shapiro-FACEBOOK-CSPAN-01Going to battle over Caitlyn Jenner could get transgender reporter Zoey Tur arrested -- a guest on Dr. Drew's show has filed a police report against Tur for getting handsy during a debate.

The heated convo went down Thursday on “Dr. Drew” ... Ben Shapiro is accusing Tur of threatening him on the show.

If you missed it ... Tur said if Shaprio didn't get his pronouns in order he'd be taken home in an ambulance, while putting her hand around the back of Shapiro's neck.

Shapiro went to LAPD on Sunday to file a criminal complaint. 

Caitlyn Jenner

Finally Face-to-Face

With Laverne Cox

7/20/2015 6:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0720-caitlyn-jenner-instagram-01Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox met in person Sunday night for the first time as the two posed for a photo during a special screening of Caitlyn's upcoming series, "I Am Cait."

Caitlyn cited Laverne as one of her role models in her Vanity Fair interview, while Laverne called Caitlyn "amazing" and "beautiful."  


Dr. Drew

Transgender Threatens Lawyer ...

Call Me Sir, I'll Beat Your Ass!!!

7/17/2015 12:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A famous transgender calmly threatened a disrespectful critic with a ride home ... in an ambulance.

It went down on Dr. Drew's HLN show Thursday, when lawyer and conservative journalist Ben Shapiro addressed transgender Zoey Tur as "Sir."

Zoey -- who was once famed CBS chopper pilot Bob Tur -- put hands on Shapiro and delivered the threat.

Of course, the topic was Caitlyn Jenner.

Johnny Gill

Caitlyn's Definitely NOT My Type

7/17/2015 10:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Johnny Gill has declined to join the chorus praising Caitlyn Jenner for her looks.

Our photog spotted Johnny Thursday in Bev Hills ... he started out diplomatic, but diplomacy quickly gave way to honesty ... he's not into Caitlyn, at all.

But when it comes to Kim Kardashian ...well, he needs to take a cold shower.

D. L. Hughley

She Looks Like My P.E. Teacher

7/17/2015 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

D.L. Hughley thinks it's absurd the legacy of Arthur Ashe lives on in Caitlyn Jenner, who simply "put on a dress." 

Hughley was in NYC Thursday and was as clear as he could be ... it's a travesty that the ESPYs passed over Lauren Hill (the college basketball player who passed away this year from cancer) in favor of Caitlyn.   

The comedian didn't stop there, trashing the way Jenner looks, comparing her to a Robin Williams character.   

And D.L.'s incredulous that members of the media dare to describe Serena Williams as man-like when, as he puts it, Caitlyn looks like a P.E. teacher.  

Peter Berg

Let The Backpedaling Begin

'I Respect Caitlyn Jenner'

7/16/2015 3:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0716_peter_berg_caitlyn-jenner_tmz_gettyPeter Berg's in full damage control mode ... saying he has nothing but the "utmost respect for Caitlyn Jenner" ... after posting a meme about her earlier today that many people called "transphobic." 

The "Ballers" producer/co-star just went to Instagram and wrote, "I have the utmost respect for Caitlyn Jenner and I am a strong supporter of equality and the rights of trans people everywhere."

It's a much different tone than the one he took earlier -- when he posted an Internet meme that ripped ESPN for giving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Jenner instead of a military vet.  

The original meme Berg posted included a pic of both a double amputee military vet and Caitlyn Jenner and included the caption, "One man traded 2 legs for the freedom of the other to trade 2 balls for 2 boobs." 

In his new Instagram post, Berg tries to clarify his stance -- saying, "I also believe that we don't give enough attention to our courageous returning war veterans, many of whom have sacrificed their bodies and mental health for our country and our principals- principals that include the freedom to live the life you want to live without persecution or abuse." 

So far, Caitlyn has yet to respond to any of Berg's comments. 

Caitlyn Jenner

Instagram Blackout

Over Hateful Comments

7/16/2015 2:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0716-caitlyn-jenner-instagram-GETTY-01There was a Caitlyn Jenner blackout on ESPY day ... and the reason is all about hate.

We noticed late Wednesday morning if you hashtagged Caitlyn Jenner "most recent" would not come up. That means there was no way to see photos or texts using the hashtag.  

The only photos you could see were from a few top posts ... all very nice and positive.  

Here's what we found out. Instagram itself blocked its users ability to view "most recent" photos and texts, because there had been a flurry of really awful comments and uploads, including:

-- 'Until you grow a vagina and bleed, you will never be a woman'

-- 'F***ing Fa***t'

-- 'How is this THING rewarded anything'

There were so many negative comments and complaints about those comments, Instagram took swift action.   

After Caitlyn took the stage, Instagram re-activated the hashtag and there was a flood of positive comments.

Nevertheless ... Caitlyn clearly has her work cut out for her. 


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