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MLB Investigators Padres Gay Chorus Incident 'Human Error'

5/26/2016 11:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0526-gay-mens-chorus-petco-park-san-diego-FACEBOOK-GETTY-02MLB investigators have determined there was NO malicious intent to cut the mics on the Gay Men's Chorus before the Padres game last weekend ... chalking the whole thing up to "human error."

The San Diego Gay Men's Chorus was supposed to perform the National Anthem before Saturday's game -- but when they began to sing, a woman's voice came over the P.A. system and drowned them out. 

MLB investigated to see if foul play was involved ... but officials say the whole thing was just one big accidental screw-up. 

In fact, investigators point out -- "the situation was exacerbated by the fact that the lead entertainment supervisor was involved in a car accident on Friday night and thus was unable to work on Saturday."

The staffers who covered for the injured supervisor "were insufficiently familiar" with their duties and screwed up -- but "employees involved had no malicious intentions."

MLB says the staffers have "universally relayed contrition for how the incident unfolded and the adverse impression that it created."

The Padres have not only apologized to the chorus -- but have also invited the chorus to come back and perform at another game. 

Caitlyn Jenner I'm NOT Transitioning Back to a Man ... Rumors Are BS

5/12/2016 8:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0512-caitlyn-jenner-tmzBruce is gone and he's not coming back -- 'cause Caitlyn Jenner is NOT transitioning back into a man ... despite reports to the contrary.

The rumors stem from famous biographer Ian Halperin -- who claimed that while researching Caitlyn for a book, was told by a source that she was experiencing "sex change regret" and was considering de-transitioning back to a man. 

Halperin says multiple sources close to the Kardashian family said the move wouldn't surprise them. 

But Caitlyn's rep is calling full BS on the report -- telling the NY Daily News, "Of course it's not true." 

The rep also called the story "idiotic."


Dave Matthews & Boyd Tinsley Kiss It Out, Bro!

5/9/2016 6:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Dave Matthews celebrated his band's 25th anniversary by making out .... with violinist Boyd Tinsley.

Actually, Boyd started it, Dave just finished it. The sneak attack kiss went down during DMB's anniversary show in Charlottesville, VA this weekend ... just as they were wrapping up an encore performance.

The 30th anniversary show ... probably won't be in North Carolina.

Donald Trump Caitlyn Can Use Any Bathroom She Wants

4/21/2016 6:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Donald Trump is a progressive on transgender issues ... saying the trans community is welcome to use any bathroom in his slew of buildings.

Donald was on "Today" when Matt posed the question ... if Caitlyn walked into the Trump Tower, what bathroom could she use?

Trump not only opened the bathroom door, he went the extra mile, saying it would be discriminatory to create a bathroom specifically for the trans community. 

'Transparent' Crew Up in Arms Over Trans-Friendly Toilets

4/19/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0418-unisex-bathroom-TMZ-01"Transparent" is a forward-thinking show about transgender acceptance, but the kumbaya spirit stops at the bathroom door.

Sources connected with the production tell us, members of the crew are up in arms over the unisex bathroom on the set.   

We're told the brass changed the drill ... from now on both bathrooms are open to all, with no restrictions. Just come on in and do your business, regardless of who's there. 

Check out the sign -- it shows women and men ... and the symbol commonly used for all-genders.

0418-unisex-bathroom-TMZ-02The beef is that men, women and transgenders can all enter as they please, making it uncomfortable for some of the crew. Women are particularly worried about walking in and seeing a dude peeing at the urinal. 

Now this is interesting ... we're told several crew members are too scared to complain, for fear they'll be labeled "transphobic," which would be the kiss of death on that set.

We reached out to Amazon ... so far no word back.

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.

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