Think discrimination is just for the straights? Then allow us to tell you the story of the Gay Softball Team That Wasn't Gay Enough.
There will be no kissing and making up after this lawsuit.
In 2008, a San Francisco softball team came to Seattle to compete in the Gay Softball World Series. The team, named D2, made it all the way to the championship game. And that's when people started asking questions. No, literally. In the middle of the game.
Now the players are suing. And that means DE-TAILS!
In the middle of the championship game, play was stopped on multiple occasions because another team that D2 had beaten in an earlier game protested that D2 was in violation of an NAGAAA rule permitting no more than "two heterosexual players" to play on a World Series team.After losing the game, five players from D2 were brought to a hearing where they were "forced to answer intrusive questions about their sexual orientation and private life in front of a room of over 25 people," including whether they were "predominantly attracted to men" or "predominantly attracted to women."
After each player was interrogated, a panel voted on whether he was "gay" or "non-gay." NAGAAA's committee refused to entertain the idea that the players could be bisexual. In response to a player's statement that he was attracted to both men and women, a NAGAAA member responded, "This is the Gay World Series, not the Bisexual World Series."
Ultimately the softball panel decided to label the players with that completely made up compound "non-gay" and strip them (but not in the sexy way) of their second-place finish. The suit is being brought by three of those non-gays, each of whom is asking for in excess of $75,000 in damages.
So good news/bad news gays. You've finally achieved some measure of power and relative equality, but now you're using it to hold your own witch hunts. Paradox!