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Bruce Jenner

Blanches at Transgender Criticism

My Journey is Not About Money!

2/9/2015 12:21 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0207-bruce-jenner-zoey-tur-tmz-02Some members of the transgender community are up in arms over the way Bruce Jenner has chosen to come out ... but Bruce is saying this isn't one size fits all and he's not apologizing.

Bruce's friends say he was adamant he would not make the big move until his daughters were old enough to understand his decision and withstand what he believes is the inevitable teasing.

As for the interview and TV shows ... Bruce is saying it has nothing to do with money and has everything to do with control. He wants his story to come out the way he feels is best.

We're told Bruce is surprised Zoey Tur doesn't understand where he's coming from, since she's been the most vocal about the community's anger over Jenner packaging the announcement for TV.

One source says, "He's still going through the motions and wants to take his time to help his youngest daughters cope. It's not about a TV show or announcement."

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Bruce Jenner

Jenner Sources Call BS

Kris Knew for YEARS

2/9/2015 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The Kardashians are lying when they say they were blindsided by news that Bruce Jenner was becoming a woman, and in Kris' case she's known for years ... sources directly connected to the Jenner family tell TMZ. 

We're told Jenner's sons are finding it hard to stomach reports that Kris had no idea Bruce was becoming a woman. That's exactly what Kardashian sources told TMZ, that Kris was in the dark.

But that has infuriated members of Bruce's family, who say Kris has known since they got married that Bruce "had issues with his sexual identity." And they say his desire to transition surfaced years ago.

Our Jenner sources say Kris wanted it under wraps because it would "hurt the brand." So for the last few years they say she was ironfisted about keeping it all private. 

We're also told the Jenner boys are upset with Kim -- although they will deny it publicly -- because they are convinced she knew exactly what she was doing when she talked about Bruce's journey and she jacked Bruce's moment.

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Bruce Jenner

Transgender Community Pissed

Come out Already!

2/7/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Bruce Jenner TransgenderPeople in the transgender community are angry at Bruce Jenner for packaging his announcement he's becoming a woman into a TV show, saying he's more interested in money than setting an example.

Zoey Tur, a leader in the L.A. transgender community, tells TMZ Live there's a lot of anger because they have no real role models now and here is a world class athlete who could literally save lives by way of example but is now deep in the TV game, exploiting the announcement.

Tur, formerly famed CBS helicopter pilot Bob Tur who shot the Reginald Denny beating, says, "This is a civil rights battle. This is not about selling TV shows."

Tur says the suicide rate for transgenders is enormous -- 6 times the national average, yet Bruce is angling to roll his announcement out on season 10 of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" and then on his own docuseries.

Zoey says simply, "How much money do you need?"

Bruce Jenner

Sexual Preference Uncertain

After Cross-Sex Hormone Therapy

2/6/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Bruce Jenner -- who has been married three times and produced 6 children -- could become attracted to men after a powerful element of his transition into a woman takes hold ... this according to medical experts and members of the transgender community.

TMZ has spent several days surveying medical experts, who tell us Bruce is in the middle of Cross-sex Hormone Therapy, which involves heavy doses of estrogen.  

The estrogen drives down levels of testosterone and the brain "feminizes" -- in the vernacular, he begins to "think like a woman."

Several prominent doctors in the field tell us, the hormones often change sexual preference. These doctors say in cases where sexual preferences change from women to men, the patient often had suppressed feelings before the transition and the estrogen allows their true feelings to surface.

One leader in the transgender community tells TMZ ... she says based on 300 transsexuals in various countries, 1/3 of them retained their sexual preference, 1/3 identified themselves as bisexual and 1/3 changed sexual preference.

As for Bruce ... we're told he's in a transformative stage, where his skin will change, and his breasts will grow and his voice will become more feminine. The changes are enhanced by procedures Bruce has already completed, including Botox, facial laser hair removal and several other surgeries, including his laryngeal shave.

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Kris Jenner

I Had No Idea

Bruce Wanted to Be a Woman

2/5/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Bruce Jenner kept Kris Jenner in the dark over his sex change until their family meeting several weeks back ... and she flipped out because she just couldn't believe the man to whom she was married for 22 years wanted to become a woman. 

Family sources tell TMZ ... Kris heard all the buzz about Bruce but he never told her and she never asked. It sounds incredible, but we're told there was "a serious lack of communication in the marriage."

When they had their family sit down -- which of course was recorded -- we're told Kris squarely challenged Bruce, disbelieving he truly wanted a sex change. Things got heated because Bruce insisted he was both comfortable and determined.  

We're also told Kris felt this was a shining example of the fundamental problem they had in their marriage -- they hardly communicated with each other, and Bruce was especially shut down. 

But Kris was not singled out. Bruce kept virtually everyone in his life -- including his close male friends with whom he spent lots of time -- in the dark.

You may recall, when TMZ posted the story in December 2013 that Bruce was getting a laryngeal shave, he told us he absolutely was not undergoing a sex change. We were told otherwise at the time but Bruce was adamant.  

It was all part of his plan to gradually let people get wind of what he was doing so it wasn't an enormous shock.

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Kardashians

CANCEL ALL PRESS for New Season

Keeping Transition Under Wraps

2/4/2015 3:51 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The Kardashian family will do something they've NEVER done before ... turn down promotion for their TV show.

Family sources tell TMZ ... not a single Kardashian or Jenner will do press related to the premiere of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" Season 10.

The reasons we got are pretty obvious. They don't want to spill more details about Bruce's transition for several reasons. First, they want the reveal on THEIR show, which will absolutely address it.

Also we're told Bruce is adamant that he wants to control his own story, which will be chronicled in a docuseries that will air as early as May, but only after the "Kardashians" finale airs. 

They don't have to keep quiet for long. "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" premieres this spring.

Eric Stonestreet

Feels Like a Woman

At Gay Bar

2/4/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Modern Family Eric Stonestreet Gay"Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet's got moves you've never seen ... and he unleashed them all while blowing the roof off a West Hollywood gay bar.

Stonestreet -- who refers to himself as "openly straight" -- channeled his inner Cameron Tucker last weekend at Flaming Saddles. And man ... Eric was feeling like a woman while singing and dancing to Shania Twain. It's pretty awesome.

Watch Eric bring it as he gets down with the rest of the bar. Can you feel it?

Kevin Hart

I Would Not Play a Gay Role

[VIDEO]

1/16/2015 3:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
011615_kevin_hart_launchKevin Hart says he could not play a gay role in a movie because he would worry too much about what others might think.

Kevin was on The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1 Friday when Charlamagne asked him if there was ever a role he turned down. Kevin revealed he turned down the role of Alpa Chino in "Tropic Thunder" because the gay dialogue was "flagrant." 

He then went on to explain he could not play a gay role, at least now, because he'd be too distracted by others who might judge him and that would get in the way of his performance.

Here's Kevin's interview in its entirety below ...

Ashley Hamilton

Arrested

For Impersonating a Cop

1/15/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_barAshley Hamilton's attorney, Keith Davidson, tells TMZ, "Unfortunately, Ashley's friend was the victim of a violent crime. Ashley was acting as a Good Samaritan whom escorted his friend to the medical center."

Davidson added, "Ashley accepts responsibility for his actions and regrets the misunderstanding. He looks forward to addressing this situation at the appropriate time and thanks the LAPD for their tremendous work in this and every case. The brave men and women of the LAPD are truly LA's finest." update_grey_gray_bar Songwriter Ashley Hamilton was arrested at a LGBT medical center after impersonating an officer in order to get special treatment for his friend. 

Law enforcement sources tell us ... Ashley took a friend to the Los Angeles LGBT Center Tuesday afternoon, to get emergency care. The waiting room was crowded and we're told Ashley asked the person at the counter if his friend could see a doctor stat. The staffer said they would have to wait their turn.

According to law enforcement ... Ashley took it up a notch by flashing a shiny badge, saying he was a cop. It worked, because the friend got immediate treatment, but the inquisitive staffer then asked George Hamilton's son where exactly he worked. Ashley confessed he wasn't really a cop. 

The indignant staffer called 911, police showed up, questioned Ashley -- who admitted he flashed a badge that was a movie prop -- then they arrested him for impersonating an officer. 

He was taken to the station and released Wednesday morning.

BTW ... Ashley was married to both Shannen Doherty and Angie Everhart.

Justin Bieber

Gay Republicans Hijacked My Favorite Joint

1/13/2015 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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111315_justin_beiber_launch_v2There was an elephant in the room at a meeting of gay L.A. Republicans ... and the elephant was Justin Bieber 

The L.A. chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans had a meeting Monday night  at State Social House, one of Bieber's favorite restaurants.

Here's the thing. Justin showed up with 4 friends and wanted his usual perch ... in a placed called The Attic. Problem was ... The gay Republicans were still meetin'.

Justin and his crew were undaunted and just walked into The Attic, sat in the back and ordered chicken wings as the group discussed gay rights in the Republican ranks.

One of the LCR members called in to the Jillian Barberie and John Phillips' show on 790 KABC, and said he thought Justin was just a pretty lesbian ... or a "butcher version of Miley Cyrus.'

He's been called worse.

Country Singer on ESPN

Jerry Jones & Chris Christie Are Gay Lovers

1/7/2015 3:53 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
010715_espn_homosexual_comment_launchGLAAD is probably gonna have a thing or two to say about this one ...

Because a big country music star just took a cheap shot at Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Gov. Chris Christie live on ESPN ... and let's put it this way, he suggested there were shenanigans in the owner's box. 

Kinky Friedman -- a country singer/wannabe politician/author/avid cigar smoker -- just appeared on ESPN's "Outside the Lines" to talk to Bob Ley about the famous hug during last weekend's playoff game. 

His response ... well, you just have to watch the clip. Unreal. 

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Amber Rose

Applauds Brad & Angelina for

Raising a 'TransKid'

12/31/2014 10:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
1231_amber_rose_shiloh-pitt_tmz_gettyAmber Rose showed her support for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's parenting by posting a pic of their daughter -- dressed in a suit and tie -- and praising them for supporting Shiloh's desire to be a boy. 

Amber captioned her Instagram "How gorgeous is John Jolie Pitt?" The image she used is Shiloh at one of Angelina's recent premieres.

Both Brad and Angelina have said Shiloh thinks of herself as a boy, wants boy haircuts, and wants to wear boys clothing. They've also said she prefers to be called John.

Amber continued gushing ... "Born into the perfect family for him." Her only misstep might have been tacking on, "#TransKids" -- a term neither Brad or Angie has ever used publicly. 

So, we gotta ask ...

Michael Sam

Praised By Rams Player

'He Should Be On NFL Roster'

12/30/2014 6:26 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The man who beat out Michael Sam for a spot on the St. Louis Rams tells TMZ Sports ... Sam "definitely" has NFL talent and strongly believes he should be on a roster. 

We spoke with defensive end Ethan Westbrooks ... who ultimately won a roster spot over Sam during training camp.  Sam's competition with Ethan was one of the featured storylines in Sam's OWN Network documentary. 

"We both had an opportunity to show who can help the team more and show we belong," Westbrooks says ... "I was just more of a fit for the current direction the team wanted to go in."

Westbrooks says Sam was a "great teammate" during camp -- and they continued their friendship even after Sam was cut.  

Which is why Ethan says he got so upset with several Twitter cowards who made homophobic comments to him about Sam on Twitter during camp. 

"It got to a point I had to delete the app from my phone and just focus on the game."

As for Sam's future, Westbrooks tells us ... "The NFL is hard man. I wish him the best and hope nothing but the best for him."

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