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'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
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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
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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
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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.

Omarion 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
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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.


Caitlyn Jenner On a Mission For Tom Cruise Rendezvous

8/6/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0805-caitlyn-jenner-leaving-theatre-wm-3Caitlyn Jenner took a break from her reality TV chaos and hit up the movies to catch a showing of "Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation."

Jenner trekked all the way from her home in Malibu to Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas in Westlake Village Tuesday afternoon.

We're told she hit the matinee with friend and fellow "I Am Cait" co-star, Candis Cayne.

Caitlyn was stealthy ... exiting out a side door before the credits rolled.

Gals love their action flicks.


Leslie Jordan When I Tossed the Tea at the Hooligans 'I Was So Butch'

8/3/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Leslie Jordan says he's never been so scared in his life when he confronted 3 guys after one of them hurled a homophobic slur.

As TMZ reported, Leslie was at Starbucks on Santa Monica Blvd in WeHo this week when 3 guys came up, caused a scene and were asked to leave. One allegedly screamed, "f****** f******" on the way out. Leslie ran out to confront them, he says one raised his fists and Leslie doused him with delicious tea.

You gotta listen to the video ... it's like the cops played "Let's Make a Deal" with the actor as he noodled over whether to press charges.


Transgender Bodybuilder Huge Support from Muscle Legends

8/2/2015 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0730_Shawn-Ray_matt-kroc_instagramTwo POWERHOUSES in the weightlifting community are offering their support to Janae Marie -- the bodybuilding champ who revealed she's transgender ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

As we previously reported, Janae -- formerly Matt "Kroc" Kroczaleski -- said she's concerned about competing in the future because she's worried about a possible backlash.

But we spoke with bodybuilding legend Shawn Ray -- a 12-TIME Mr. Olympia finalist -- who tells us he's got Janae's back ... and he's not the only one. 

"This is a good place for him," Ray said ... "We're a melting pot of people. You cannot go out and discriminate against people."

Ray adds, "He may never be totally accepted with lipstick and a wig at bodybuilding competition. But, honestly, I don't think he's going to have a hard time fitting in with most people if he's jacked."

We also spoke with Brian Shaw -- the 3-time (and reigning) World's Strongest Man -- who says he doesn't completely "understand the issue" but adds, "I'm not in a position to judge. I can't pass judgment, I'm not perfect."

Shaw adds, "[Janae] is a fairly well-known athlete. So to have success in the arena and then come out and be honest, I respect that."


J. Alexander Caitlyn Will Be Bigger Fashion Icon than Kim ... But She Needs Walking Lessons

8/1/2015 3:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

America's Next Top Model star J. Alexander thinks Caitlyn Jenner will top Kim Kardashian in the fashion department by the end of the year, but walking is another story.

Miss J. was shopping on Rodeo Drive in Bev Hills Friday when our photog asked about Caitlyn's style. J. had nothing but praise, but would like to give her some lessons on stride.

Baby steps ... literally.

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."

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