First of all, who knew there was a ” North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance” in the first place? These people have a world series and everything.
Can you imagine a bunch of guys starting the “North American Straight Amateur Athletic Club?” The gay community would have an absolute sissy fit. The idea that people think that because they are gay they should have their own special league to play sports is reprehensible.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle accuses the alliance of violating Washington state laws barring discrimination. The alliance organizes the annual Gay Softball World Series.
Beth Allen, the alliance’s attorney, said the lawsuit is unwarranted and that the three plaintiffs “were not discriminated against in any unlawful manner.”
In any case, Allen said, the alliance is a private organization and, as such, can determine its membership based on its goals.
The three plaintiffs — Steven Apilado, LaRon Charles and Jon Russ — played on a team called D2 that qualified for the 2008 Gay Softball World Series, which is organized by the alliance.
The alliance’s rules say that each World Series team can have no more than two heterosexual players. According to the lawsuit, a competing team accused D2 of violating that rule.
Each of the three plaintiffs was called into a conference room in front of more than 25 people, and was asked “personal and intrusive questions” about his sexual attractions and desires, purportedly to determine if the player was heterosexual or gay, the lawsuit alleges.
The alliance has no category or definition for bisexual or transgender people in its rules, the plaintiff’s attorney said.
At one point during the proceedings, the lawsuit alleges, one of the plaintiffs was told: “This is the Gay World Series, not the Bisexual World Series.”
The alliance ruled the three men were “nongay,” stripped D2 of its second-place finish and recommended that the three players be suspended from participating in the World Series for a year, according to the suit.
Can you imagine? Because Apilado, Charles and Russ liked both men and women they were deemed not gay by a group of gay people? What the hell is this world coming to?
I guess the three men were simply not gay enough? I don’t get it. Talk about being discriminatory and bigoted. JD