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Bruce Jenner

Here's What Won't Change

Love of Sports

4/9/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Bruce Jenner Becoming WomanBruce Jenner has been a super athlete all his life, and that won't change when he becomes a woman.

Sources close to Bruce tell TMZ his routines -- which involve multiple sports -- will be unaffected. Bruce is a staple at his golf country club, where the members love him, and he will stay active at the club.

Bruce is heavy into paddleboarding in Malibu -- something he does with his sons -- and that will continue.

We're told Bruce will keep up his passion for racing cars recreationally with his kids. Ditto flying helicopters, both model and real.

Short story ... he's been a world-class athlete with a passion for sports, and that's not going to change.

Bruce Jenner

Tells Diane Sawyer

'Farewell to Bruce'

4/8/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Bruce Jenner Diane Sawyer InterviewBruce Jenner will put his male persona to rest for good when he appears on Diane Sawyer's two hour special, sources connected to Bruce and the production tell TMZ.

We're told Jenner views the show as "a farewell to Bruce." He will "present himself" as a woman publicly for the first time. But it's not about his look -- it's about his mental state and his journey.

Our sources say Bruce does NOT reveal his new name, or dress like a woman on camera. Nevertheless, we're told Bruce sees the interview as the most significant event associated with his sex change -- more significant than the surgical procedures that will get him there. 

Bruce will chronicle his life from age 5, where he identified as a woman. Jenner -- who did numerous interviews for the special over a period of time -- talks about the difficulties he's had in life living as a man but not feeling like one. He also spends significant time talking about the impact his decision to have a sex change has had on his family.

Bruce realizes he has already become a target for people who either don't understand why he's transitioning or those who have outright contempt for it. But he's doing the interview to both free himself and educate the public so others in his position don't have to go through the pain.

Our sources say some of the most compelling moments in the show -- which airs on ABC on April 24th -- are when Bruce talks about "mundane things" that will change in his new life -- day-to-day things that will change.

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WNBA's Brittney Griner

I Wouldn't Play In Indiana

'I Don't Want to Be Discriminated Against'

4/8/2015 7:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

WNBA superstar Brittney Griner is taking a hard stand on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana -- saying if the Women's Final 4 was in the Hoosier State, she would've BOYCOTTED. 

Griner -- who's openly gay and set to marry her GF Glory Johnson later this year -- was at LAX last night when she told us, "If the Women's Final Four was there, I damn sure wouldn't have went."

She added, "I wouldn't want to be discriminated [against]."

Griner says she's happy that powerful people like NCAA president Mark Emmert have openly opposed the Indiana law -- saying, "It definitely helps. When people are quiet and don't say anything about it, it doesn't help. People think it's OK."

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Kris and the Girls

Won't Mess Up My Big Interview

4/6/2015 10:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0406-bruce-jenner-and-daughters-tmz-2bBruce Jenner will not have his spotlight jacked by Kris or the girls, because they will be thousands of miles away when his big ABC special airs.

Diane Sawyer's two hour interview -- titled "Bruce Jenner -- The Interview"-- will air April 24th, the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. We're told the women will be in Armenia, although for some reason they're saying the visit isn't tied to the anniversary.

Nonetheless, it won't be easy for the Kardashian women to throw in their two cents.

As we reported, Sawyer's interview is intimate and, we're told, really compelling. Bruce goes through everything -- from his early years identifying as a woman, to the present where he is deep into the transformation.

Rihanna

Puts Indiana On Blast ...

Your Law Is Bulls**t!!

4/6/2015 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rihanna knows where Indiana lawmakers can stick their Religious Freedom Restoration Act -- and basically told 'em to their faces during a performance in the state capital.

RiRi went into political overdrive at the March Madness Music Fest over the weekend, and fired up the crowd by saying, "Who's feeling these new bulls**t laws they're trying to pass around here?"

Her rant continued with even more profanity as she launched into her hit, "Live Your Life." 

Check it out -- based on the crowd's reaction ... there's strong support for the proposed changes to the law. 

Indiana Pizza Guy

Homophobia Pays Big

4/4/2015 6:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The Indiana pizza guy who refused to cater gay weddings has made more in the last week than he probably made in years ... his supporters have almost made him a millionaire. 

Kevin O'Connor has closed shop because of numerous threats, after he drew the line on gay marriage pizza celebrations.

O'Connor supporters started a GoFundMe account where people could give money to support O'Connor's family.  The goal was to raise $25K.

As of Saturday morning ... they've hit $842,592.  Nearly 30,000 people have donated money.

When the fundraising campaign ends, all the money will go right into O'Connor's bank account.

Indiana Pizza Place

Forced to Close Doors

After Refusing to Cater Gay Wedding

4/1/2015 1:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0401-memories-pizza-closed-FACEBOOK-01Memories Pizza -- the first Indiana business to declare it would refuse LGBT business -- got blasted on the Internet and by phone, but the owner says there's been a huge misunderstanding ... sorta.

Kevin O’Connor tells TMZ he's had to temporarily close his business after he told a reporter he would refuse to cater a gay wedding under Indiana's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act. O'Connor says he was immediately flooded by threatening phone calls, and social media postings.

O'Connor wants to clear up one thing: He says he would never deny service to gay people in his restaurant. However, due to his religious beliefs, he does not believe in gay marriage ... and that's why he wouldn't service one.

Meanwhile, he says the threats have been serious enough that he's closing his pizza joint ... at least until the dust settles. 

Indiana's controversial law has raised a lot of questions, not the least of which is ... what gay wedding would hire a pizza place to cater?

Burt Jenner

Jamie Foxx's Bruce Jokes

Desperate Attempt to Stay Relevant

3/30/2015 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Burt Jenner doesn't have a problem with Jamie Foxx mocking his dad, because in Burt's mind Jamie's career is on the way down and he's just trying to imitate Kevin Hart to stay relevant.

Bruce Jenner's oldest son arrived at LAX Monday, and our photog asked about Jamie's barb at the iHeart Radio Music Awards Sunday night. Jamie said Bruce could sing a male/female duet by himself, and then added he was just busting Bruce's balls while he still had them.

Burt doesn't have a problem with the comment. But he definitely has a problem with Kevin Hart making jokes about his sisters. Kevin made a comment at the Bieber roast that Kendall was hooking up with the Biebs, as Kendall sat in the audience looking uncomfortable.

Listen to Burt ... that clearly pissed him off.

BTW, we're told all 3 of Bruce's boys have no problem with comedians making jokes about their dad's impending sex change. They say the LGBT community needs to chill ... it's just comedy.

Bisexual NFL Player

'Michael Sam Doesn't Speak for All of Us'

3/30/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Bisexual NFL Player Michael SamTMZ Sports just spoke with a bisexual NFL player who's upset with Michael Sam -- telling us he was OFFENDED when Sam said other gay men in the league are less courageous because they don't want to come out.

The player -- who didn't want to be identified by name -- has played in the league for several seasons and says he's open about his sexuality with close friends. 

But when the player read Sam's recent comments about gay men in the league -- he was offended. 

Specifically, the player was upset when Sam said ... "I respect the players that did reach out to me 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 player's response -- "As a bisexual man, I just feel like Michael Sam does not speak for all gay men."

"He has his own opinion ... but DON'T say that we don't have the courage to come out. It's totally wrong. Just speak for yourself. No one else." 

"It's no one's business what my sexuality is. You should like me for me ... not for who I choose to be with."

The player continued ... "I feel the NFL isn't ready for people to be open about it. Or the General Managers for that matter." 

Despite those opinions, the player says he believes Sam DID get a fair shot to make a team -- "I just don't think he performed well."

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Jamie Foxx

Rides Bruce Jenner's Nuts

3/29/2015 8:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jamie Foxx killed with Bruce Jenner transition jokes at the iHeart Radio Music Awards.

Foxx hosted the award show Sunday night in L.A. ... and in his opening monologue he teased the upcoming musical acts, saying Bruce Jenner would be performing -- "He's doing a his and her duet all by himself."

The jab scored big laughs -- Chris Brown was particularly amused -- and Jamie went back for more ... hitting Bruce right in the family jewels for his next punchline.

Watch the video ... Jamie's jokes were hardly groundbreaking -- lots of comedians have been using Bruce for material -- still ... arguably insensitive. 

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
EXCLUSIVE

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
EXCLUSIVE

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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