'Not Gay Enough' Ballplayers Win Settlement

Team with bisexual players stripped of trophy by gay sports group
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Nov 29, 2011 1:03 AM CST
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(Newser) – Three bisexual softball players who say they were stripped of a trophy because they were deemed "not gay enough" have reached an out-of-court settlement with a national gay sports organization. San Francisco's D2 team lost its 2008 second-place trophy in the Gay Softball World Series when the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance determined through a series of "intrusive" questions about their sexuality before a panel that three members were "non-gay," and the team therefore exceeded the limit of two heterosexual players, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Though one of the three men was married at the time, all three consider themselves bisexual, but say they were told at the time: "This is the Gay World Series, not the Bisexual World Series," according to their lawsuit. The amount of the settlement sum was not disclosed, but part of the deal is that the second-place trophy will be restored to the team.

"This is an amazing result," said the attorney for the three men. "It's also an opportunity to put a spotlight on significant discrimination in sports against the LBGT community." But an attorney for the NAGAAA stressed that US District Judge John Coughenour ruled last week in a preliminary decision that it's "reasonable that an organization seeking to limit participation to gay athletes would require members to express whether or not they are gay athletes." The judge said questions remain, however, about how the rules are applied and if questioning was intrusive, reports AP. Since the suit was filed, the organization has changed its bylaws to welcome all gays, bisexuals and transgendered players. “NAGAAA regrets the impacts the 2008 protest hearing had on plaintiffs and their team,” states the settlement document.

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