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Aaron Carter Split from GF ... Before Coming Out as Bi

8/6/2017 11:32 AM PDT
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Aaron Carter broke up with his girlfriend days before announcing he's bisexual -- and it seems the news might have pushed things over the edge ... TMZ has learned.

A source close to Aaron tells us he and now ex-GF, Madison Parker, broke up sometime last week ... and that it was a long time coming.

His rep tells TMZ the decision was mutual, and Aaron and Madison "love each other and respect one another dearly." The rep also adds ... Aaron's personal statement speaks for itself. He's hoping to refocus his attention on his music.

As we reported ... Aaron announced Saturday night that he's found both men and women attractive since a young age. It's interesting -- we caught Aaron and Madison -- whom he referred to as his girlfriend -- driving around L.A. together early last week ... right after he apparently got out of surgery

Aaron Carter Comes Out as Bisexual

8/6/2017 4:50 AM PDT
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Aaron Carter has just come out, saying he's bisexual. 

Aaron posted a late-night tweet Saturday in which he says when he was 13, "I started to find boys and girls attractive."  

He goes on, "There were years that went by that I thought about it, but it wasn't until I was 17-years-old, after a few relationships with girls, I had an experience with a male that I had an attraction to who I also worked and grew up with."  

He says, "This doesn't bring me shame, just a weight and burden I have held onto for a long time that I would like lifted off me."

He ends by quoting Boy George, "I've never felt as though I didn't belong. I just acted as though I did."

Carter has had a rough time in the last month ... he was arrested in July for alcohol and drugs. He and girlfriend Madison Parker were spotted on on the TMZ Celebrity Tour a few days ago when Aaron jumped on the bus and said he had just had an operation but said the details were secret.

Caitlyn Jenner Hat Was Comedy of Errors I Hate Trump

8/5/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Caitlyn Jenner did not wear a "Make America Great Again" hat Thursday as a show of support for Donald Trump ... it was a mistake tied to golf, a convertible, Starbucks and a purse.

Caitlyn tells TMZ she drove from her Malibu home to Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, CA, in a 1960 Austin-Healey convertible. Before leaving home she realized she needed a hat ... something better than a golf visor to protect her hair. So she rummaged through the 10 hats in her closet and grabbed one without looking at the stitching.

She says when she got to the club she threw the hat on the floor of the car, spent an hour or so hitting some balls and left. When she got to the car she grabbed the hat, saw the inscription and realized what she had done.

She tells us she was horrified because she now detests Trump after he tweeted about the military transgender ban. Caitlyn says, "What he's doing to our community is absolutely f***ing awful."

But Caitlyn had a dilemma on her hands ... wear the hat home or screw up her 'do. She chose the former, thinking no one was going to spot her. She wanted to stop at a Starbucks for a latte but exercised caution ... a mile from the coffee joint she switched to the golf visor and walked inside.

When Caitlyn left, she switched again, deciding to wear the Trump hat home. She got halfway to her property when she realized she left her purse at Starbucks, which contained, among other things, her cellphone. Caitlyn panicked and raced back to retrieve her purse, forgetting she was wearing the hat.

She ran inside, grabbed the purse and drove home. At some point she realized she still had the hat on but thought she could make it back undetected. She was wrong. Caitlyn says a photog snapped the pic somewhere between Starbucks and her Malibu home.

As for what to do with the hat, she's thinking of signing it and auctioning it off and giving the proceeds to a transgender cause. On the other hand, she might just rip it up or burn it.

Caitlyn says, "I apologize to all of the trans community. I made a mistake. I will never do it again and I'm getting rid of the hat."

Caitlyn Jenner I'm Still Team Trump Despite Transgender Ban

8/4/2017 6:39 AM PDT

Caitlyn Jenner isn't letting the whole transgender ban thing get in the way of what appears to be her undying support for President Trump.

Jenner was out and about Thursday, in a sporty car sporting a "Make America Great Again" hat.

It's pretty stunning, because she went ham on the Prez after his transgender military ban tweets, saying, "I believe every American should be outraged by the disrespect shown to those people wearing our country's uniform."  

Jenner's been a die-hard Republican for a long time, and she's gotten a lot of heat from the transgender community for not passionately carrying the torch.  

This one's gonna stoke the fire.

TLC Takes Dig at Duggars ... Defends Jazz Jennings

8/3/2017 2:32 PM PDT
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TLC is speaking out in support of transgender teen Jazz Jennings after she was verbally attacked by Duggar family member Derick Dillard.

Dillard unleashed a social media rant on the 16-year-old, saying ... "Transgender" is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it's ordained by God." He made the comments while her show, "I Am Jazz," was airing Wednesday night on TLC ... where the Duggars used to be top dog.

A TLC rep tells TMZ ... Dillard's "personal statement" in no way reflects the network's views.

TLC pulled the plug on "19 Kids & Counting" after Josh Duggar's child molestation scandal broke in 2015 -- so Dillard's comments do smack a little of sour grapes.

Dillard still has TLC ties though -- his wife, Jill Duggar, is set to star on an upcoming show called "Counting On."

V.A. Secretary David Shulkin We Will Care for Transgender Vets We Boot from the Military

8/2/2017 3:28 PM PDT
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Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin says his department has compassion for the transgender vets whom the President is kicking out of the military.

We got the Secretary Wednesday on Capitol Hill and he spoke with resolve ... if anyone -- transgender people included -- serves in the military, they will get medical and other care for life.

It's odd to say the least ... the President says transgender soldiers are persona non grata in the armed forces because they cost too much for the limited time they serve, yet the Secretary has no issue providing unlimited care once they leave.

Lil Duval Doubles Down on Violent Reacton Transgender Woman Lying Would Damage Me

7/31/2017 2:18 PM PDT
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Lil Duval is doubling down on saying a transgender woman would be "dying" if he found out she'd deceived him -- but he also insists he has no problem with gay or transgender people.

The comedian was on "TMZ Live" Monday to address the protests against him and "The Breakfast Club" after he made the controversial and violent remark last week. Duval says his only issue with the LGBT community is the idea of someone lying about their sexuality to get into bed with him.

As for why he'd retaliate with murder -- Duval offered an explanation. It's basically an insanity plea.

Charlamagne tha God Protested by Trans Community In 'Breakfast Club' Backlash

7/30/2017 6:06 PM PDT

Charlamagne tha God is catching major heat from the transgender community after a guest on his radio show joked about killing transgender women -- and the backlash started during his appearance at Politicon.

Charlamagne was speaking Sunday at the event in Pasadena when advocates for transgender people began shouting at him ... "We are not a joke! Trans people are not a joke!" 

The outrage began building last week when comedian Lil Duval was on "The Breakfast Club" ... and said if he ever discovered he'd unknowingly slept with a transgender woman, that woman would be "dying." 

After Duval made the remark, Charlamagne, DJ Envy and Angela Yee seemed to condemn it, saying that would be a hate crime.

Nonetheless, some folks wanted a strong reaction ... rebuking Duvall's violent hypothetical notion. Now there's a push on social media for a boycott of "The Breakfast Club." 

Richard Simmons Lawsuit Nat'l Enquirer Says Shame On You, Transgender is Not an Insult!!!

7/28/2017 12:31 PM PDT
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Richard Simmons' reputation wasn't destroyed after a story ran he was transitioning to a woman and that's why he can't sue ... so claims the National Enquirer.

The Enquirer's parent company -- American Media -- filed docs saying the fitness guru's reputation as someone willing to bend gender norms was cemented long before its stories ... which claimed Richard had a boob job and was living as a woman named Fiona.

In docs, obtained by TMZ, American Media says Richard's defamation suit shouldn't stand because there's nothing insulting about saying someone is transgender. On top of that, AM says for most of his 40-year career, Simmons created gender uncertainty by wearing flamboyant, feminine attire.

As we reported ... Simmons said the Enquirer gambled he wouldn't sue because it'd make it seem like he thinks there's something wrong with people who transition.

Richard's legal team had no comment.

Montel Williams Military Spends More On Viagra Than Trans Soldiers!!!

7/27/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Montel Williams is PISSED that Donald Trump wants to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military ... and says they're getting stiffed with his "too expensive" argument.

We got Montel, famously a Navy veteran, Wednesday in L.A. and he absolutely unloaded on the Prez for what he sees as blatant discrimination against able-bodied Americans who want to protect their country.

He's beyond intense, and one of the biggest reasons he's so fired up has to do with military spending on erectile dysfunction drugs. Montel dropped some eye-opening numbers on us as he called BS on Trump claiming trans medical expenses are too costly. 

You can tell he means this ... from the veins bulging out of his neck. 

Trans Ex-Navy SEAL Prez Trump Is On a Slippery Slope With Transgender Ban!!

7/26/2017 10:12 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Retired Navy SEAL Kristin Beck has 3 letters for President Trump's ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military ... "WTF!"

Beck, a transgender woman and former SEAL Team Six soldier, told us Trump pinning the ban on money woes is complete BS ... and a lame excuse from the Commander in Chief.

More importantly ... she sees this as a major step backward for the country. In particular, she took Trump's use of the word "disruption" as a strong hint this could be the start of more discrimination in the military.

Bottom line for Beck -- transgender Americans have every right to serve their country. The documentary, "Lady Valor," showed how she served with great honor.

President Trump Transgender People Too Expensive To Serve in U.S. Military

7/26/2017 6:50 AM PDT
Breaking News

President Trump says transgender recruits are too expensive for the U.S. military, and that's why he's banning them from serving their country ... in any capacity.

Trump dropped the announcement Wednesday morning on Twitter, of course, saying transgender individuals are banned from serving because it "cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail."

It's not the first time he's gone after the transgender community. Back in February ... the Trump administration withdrew federal protection for transgender students.

The Prez championed himself as a supporter of the LGBT community ... saying he would fight for them while "Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs."

WNBA Star Sue Bird I'm Gay & Dating Megan Rapinoe!!

7/20/2017 10:14 AM PDT
Breaking News

WNBA star Sue Bird is going public with her sexuality for the first time ... revealing she's dating U.S. women's soccer player Megan Rapinoe!!

The 36-year-old All-Star opened up about her relationship with Rapinoe ... saying she's never purposely kept her relationship with the 32-year-old Seattle Reign star a secret to her close friends, but explains why it was time to finally go public.

"It's happening when it's happening because that's what feels right," Bird told ESPNW.

"So even though I understand there are people who think I should have done it sooner, it wasn't right for me at the time. I have to be true to that. It's my journey."

Bird -- who's played in the WNBA for 14 years -- says she realized she was gay while playing at UConn, but considered it a "non-issue."

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