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Richard Simmons Breaks Silence: 'I Am Not Transitioning'

The elusive fitness star offered his support to the LGBTQ community following the Orlando massacre



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    Fitness personality Richard Simmons attends 2013 LA Gay Pride Festival - Day 3 on June 9, 2013 in West Hollywood.

    Richard Simmons hasn't made a public appearance since 2014, but now he's speaking out about the ongoing rumors surrounding his personal life.

    "Some tabloids have recently falsely reported that I am transitioning. In response, I feel compelled to set the record straight and refute these lies. Although I am not transitioning, I have and always will be supportive of those who are going through their journey," the fitness legend said in a statement on Facebook.

    The 67-year-old also shared his thoughts on the mass shooting in Orlando this weekend at Pulse nightclub.

    "We should not lose focus on showing love, strength and compassion to all of the LGBT community during these tragic times. My broken heart and healing thoughts are with the people of Orlando and all other victims of prejudice, bigotry and hate."

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    Other stars are also speaking out to condemn the violence and support the victims. 

    During a vigil, Lady Gaga took to the stage in front of thousands outside of Los Angeles' City Hall to read the names of all of the victims lost during the attack.

    "I will not allow my anger and outrage over this attack to overshadow our need to honor those who are grieving truly for their lost ones," she told the crowd while fighting back tears.

    "Lost members of the LGBT community, I hope you know that myself and so many are your allies. I can't help but feel that this level of hatred, like all prejudicial crimes, is an attack on humanity itself....Tonight, Orlando, we are united with you to remember."

    Want to help? Equality Florida, the state's largest LGBT rights group, launched a GoFundMe campaign for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

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