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Tammy Bruce
Born August 19, 1962 (1962-08-19) (age 47)
Los Angeles, California U.S.
Occupation radio host, writer, political commentator

Tammy Bruce (born August 19, 1962) is an American radio host, author, and political commentator. Her nationally-syndicated talk show, The Tammy Bruce Show, has recently gone independent and airs live weekdays from 11am-1pm Pacific online via TalkStreamLive. A podcast of the show is also available to subscribers at her website. She is also a frequent on-air contributor to Fox News Channel, and writes material for the Fox Forum blog.

Bruce's Web site describes her as "an openly gay, pro-choice, gun owning, pro-death penalty progressive feminist" who has voted for presidents as diverse as Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

During the 1992 election season she worked on the first Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) senatorial campaigns.[1] In 2003 Bruce was appointed to serve on California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Transition Team after the successful recall election against then-Governor Gray Davis.[2]



Tammy Bruce collaborated with Los Angeles professional women to create one of the first ad-hoc independent pro-choice (abortion rights) activist groups.[citation needed] The group's early feminist activism began in 1987.[3] This group confronted anti-abortion group protesters, and helped develop a strategy to stop "Operation Rescue" from successfully blocking the entrance to abortion clinics. During the years 1987-1990 she also participated in the Los Angeles chapter of the AIDS activist group "AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power", also known as "ACT-UP."[4]

For seven years, Bruce served as president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) (1990–1996). Bruce served two years on NOW's board of directors, but later criticized the organization in a book. During the early 1990s, she spearheaded the campaign to alert the public to the sexualized violence in the novel American Psycho, and led an effort to boycott all titles by that publisher, Knopf, for a year.[citation needed]

In 1996, the NOW Executive Board voted nearly unanimously to censure Bruce for what it claimed were "racially insensitive comments" during the O.J. Simpson murder trial[5]. After months of infighting, Bruce resigned as president of Los Angeles NOW in June 1996.[6] Bruce claimed that the censure was due to her focus on domestic violence, as opposed to defense attorney Johnnie Cochran's "racial issues" trial argument.[4] Since then, Bruce has written about the dispute in her critique on what she sees as the failings of NOW, and the left in general. She believes that the feminist establishment in the U.S. has abandoned authentic feminism.[7]

Personal life

In her book The Death of Right and Wrong, Tammy Bruce writes of her involvement with Brenda Benet, who killed herself in a home she had shared with Bruce. They were romantically involved for a time after Benet left Bill Bixby. Bruce had moved out two weeks prior to the suicide. On the day of the suicide, Bruce thought that she would meet Benet for lunch. According to Bruce, Benet was locked inside the bathroom of her home when she arrived. She sensed something was wrong and went to get help. After Bruce stepped outside, Benet shot herself. The book Soap Opera Babylon said that Benet was involved with a male costar on Days of our Lives until just before she killed herself.

Bruce holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Southern California. In the past, Bruce described herself as a "lifelong Democrat",[8] but FEC records show she has since 2005 contributed primarily to Republicans,[9] and she has stated on both her radio program and blog that she is now registered as a "Decline-to-State" as of February, 2008.[10] She considers herself an independent conservative.


  • The New Thought Police: Inside the Left's Assault on Free Speech and Free Minds (Prima, 2001) ISBN 0-7615-6373-3
  • The Death of Right and Wrong: Exposing the Left's Assault on Our Culture and Values (Random House, 2003) ISBN 0-7615-1663-8 [11]
  • The New American Revolution: Using the Power of the Individual to Save Our Nation from Extremists (Morrow, 2005) ISBN 0-06-072620-2


Tammy Bruce made her film debut in "2081,"[12] an independent film based on Kurt Vonnegut's short story "Harrison Bergeron". Bruce plays the role of Diana Moon Glampers, the United States Handicapper General in a technologically advanced, totalitarian, fascist state. Bruce's character commits murder on live television. The film was released in January, 2010 to rave reviews.


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