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Cyndi Lauper I'm Fighting Anti-LGBT Laws ... In My OWN Way

4/13/2016 4:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

041316-cyndi-lauper-tmzCyndi Lauper will absolutely play her upcoming concert in North Carolina, but she's also joining the fight against the state's controversial HB2 law by forking over her profits.

Cyndi tells TMZ she will donate all profits from her June 4th show in Raleigh to Equality North Carolina -- an organization fighting to get HB2 overturned. She says, "I think the best way I can do my part is to turn my show into an entire day to build public support to repeal HB2." Her manager and agent will also donate their commissions.

Cyndi recently told one of our photogs that unlike Bruce Springsteen, who canceled his NC concert last weekend, she feels it's important to play for her LGBT fans there.

But she seems to be making it clear she has no beef with Bruce's strategy. She says "we all have to include ourselves in the effort" to build an inclusive society, but each person should do it the best way they know how.

NFL's Brendon Ayanbadejo NFL Is Full Of Gay Superstars That You Don't Know About

4/13/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Some of the biggest stars in the NFL are gay ... they're just not ready to come out publicly yet ... so says Super Bowl champ-turned-LGBT activist Brendon Ayanbadejo.

Let's face it ... none of the NFL players who have come out have really been top tier guys -- so we asked Brendon if we'll ever see an openly gay man achieve that household name recognition ... a la Peyton, Brady, Watt, etc. 

That's when Brendon -- who's a big deal in the LGBT community -- told us those superstar guys already exist ... but they just don't feel ready to share their sexual orientation with the world. 

The good news ... Brendon says we're moving in the right direction so it could happen sooner than later.

Cyndi Lauper WTH Did She Say About NC Anti-LGBT Law??!!

4/12/2016 7:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Cyndi Lauper won't be following in Bruce Springsteen's footsteps and protesting North Carolina's passage of the HB2 law ... not by boycotting concerts there anyway.

Cyndi, an active supporter of LGBT rights, has what sounds like a pretty surprising reaction to laws like HB2. She was in L.A. on Monday when she was asked if she'd pull the plug on shows -- a la Bruce and Bryan Adams?

Again, she's always been a supporter of the LGBT community, but Cyndi says she's still down to play in NC. Why? Check it out. It's ... confusing?

Caitlyn Jenner Watch Me Fake An Orgasm!

4/11/2016 10:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Caitlyn Jenner is learning what it means to be a woman -- she's learning how to fake an orgasm.

Check out the video for an upcoming episode of "I Am Cait" ... where Jenner and crew visit a gender-free orgasm workshop.

It's awkward but watchable ... like an ambulance at an accident scene.


Shane Mosley I'll Kick Manny Pacquiao's Ass ... For Gay Rights!

4/9/2016 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former world champion Shane Mosley says he'd love to have a rematch with Manny Pacquiao ... this time to pummel his face in the name of gay rights.

Mosley and his GF were on their way out to NYC to watch Manny fight Tim Bradley on Saturday night -- despite calls for protest -- but say they don't support Manny's views on gay people

In fact, Shane (with some coaxing from his GF) told us he's down to get in the ring with Manny again ... and this time, he'd fight in HONOR of gay rights. 

Now there's a REAL macho, macho man.

Bruce Springsteen Cancels NC Concert ... LGBT Rights Bigger Than My Show

4/8/2016 1:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0408-bruce-springsteen-on-stage-GETTY-01Bruce Springsteen just joined the fight against North Carolina's new anti-LGBT law by pulling the plug on an upcoming concert. 

The Boss just announced he won't perform Sunday in Greensboro due to the passage of HB2 -- a law that forces transgender people to choose the bathroom that matches their birth certificate. It also limits the rights of LGBT people to sue over workplace violations.

Bruce said the law was drafted and passed by "people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens."

He added, "Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry -- which is happening as I write -- is one of them." 

Fans who had tickets to Sunday's show can get a full refund.


Cowboy from Village People BOYCOTT PACQUIAO 'You're No Macho Man'

4/7/2016 10:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Manny Pacquiao has a new fight on his hands ... courtesy of the Village People -- 'cause the original cowboy is calling for a BOYCOTT of Manny's fight over his anti-gay comments. 

The man leading the charge is Randy Jones -- who's never seen Manny fight but says, "I hear he's a short stack that likes to punch people and fight guys."

Jones says he was blown away when Manny said gay people were worse than animals -- calling the comments, "the most despicable thing in the world."

So, now he's calling on boxing fans to stick it to Manny (who he calls Paquerio) ... begging people to NOT buy tickets or watch his fight against Timothy Bradley on Saturday. 

"Manny Pacquiao is not a macho man."

Michael Sam I'm Going Back To Missouri ... TO CRUSH ANTI-GAY BILL

4/6/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Sam says he's returning to his old Missouri stomping grounds, not to get ready for the NFL ... but to fight a controversial bill that some have deemed anti-gay.

Sam was in West Hollywood when we asked him about SJR 39 or "The Religious Freedom Bill," which some think would open the floodgates for businesses to openly discriminate against gays.

Michael -- who of course, was a stud football player for Mizzou -- told our guy not only has he already spoken out against the measure ... but he plans to go back to the midwest to help squash it.

Check out the clip.

Stevie J I Don't Want Mimi's Gay Stuff Around Our Daughter

4/5/2016 4:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Stevie J is tearing into his baby mama Mimi Faust for coming out as a lesbian, because he's not cool with their 6-year-old daughter being raised by 2 women.

Stevie tells TMZ he doesn't condone Mimi's new relationship with GF, Chris. Mimi came out on Monday night's episode of "Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta." He says he doesn't want his little girl being raised in a lesbian household, and thinks that's only a job for a dad and a mom. 

Even more shade -- Stevie thinks Mimi's only deciding to be lesbian for a good story line on 'LHHA.' 

He's not threatening legal action yet, and believes he'll convince Mimi to see things his way. 

Mike Tyson Pacquiao Should Be 'F**king Barred' ... 'Totally Disrespectful'

4/1/2016 12:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mike Tyson has a strong message for Manny Pacquiao -- YOU "SHOULD BE F**KING BARRED FROM THE GROVE!!!"

Tyson blasted Pacquiao at LAX friday ... telling TMZ Sports the comments Manny made about gay people was "totally disrespectful of other people's feelings."

As we previously reported, Manny said gay people were worse than animals and later quoted a bible verse that suggested gay people should be put to death

Tyson explained that a lot of people share Manny's religious views about homosexuality -- but you have to RESPECT the feelings of other people ... and Manny didn't do that.  

BTW, we also asked Tyson if he had any advice for Jon Jones -- and he weighed in on that too. 

Check out the clip. 

Manny Pacquiao To Hell with the Ban I'm Still Going to The Grove

4/1/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Manny Pacquiao doesn't care that he was "banned" from the famous Grove shopping center in L.A. -- the boxer tells TMZ Sports ... I'M STILL GONNA GO ANYWAY!!!

As we previously reported, Manny became persona non grata at The Grove over his aggressive homophobic comments ... which included a bible verse suggesting gay people should be put to death

Real estate magnate Rick Caruso -- who owns the place -- said Manny's intolerant views weren't welcome at his center ... despite the fact Manny has been frequenting the place for years.  

But Manny tells TMZ Sports he REFUSES to acknowledge the ban -- saying it's a public place and he'll continue to go there with his massive entourage. 

He added, "I love everyone."

So, will Manny actually be blocked from entering the place the next time he feels like taking in a movie??

Stay tuned ... 

Caitlyn Jenner Blasts Off 1st Golf Tourney as Woman ... Crushes Drive!

3/30/2016 7:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Big day for Caitlyn Jenner ... she just teed off in her 1st golf tournament as a woman -- and SMASHED her first shot right down the fairway. 

Jenner is participating in the ANA Inspiration Pro-Am in Rancho Mirage, CA -- playing in the same foursome as U.S. soccer legend, Abby Wambach.  

For the record, Caitlyn's first swing looked GREAT -- confident, good follow through and powerful. 

Abby looked okay ... but it's clear she's gonna have her work cut out for her if she wants to hang with CJ.

It's an 18 hole tournament ... so anything can happen. Stay tuned.  


Omarosa Drops Homophobic Insult Don Lemon Is Too 'Queenie'

3/29/2016 6:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Omarosa is ripping into CNN's Don Lemon over an on-air feud -- but she did it by dropping a word many will take as a homophobic attack.

Omarosa was leaving the Staples Center in L.A. when we asked what she thought of Lemon -- who is gay -- cutting her microphone when she was on his show last week.

At first, she dismissed him as a "drama queen" ... but then she repeats her diss without the word "drama" -- and she did it multiple times.

After this, we're guessing Lemon won't be inviting her back for round 2 -- though it would make great TV. 

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