Wednesday, April 21, 2010

How Gay Do Ya Gotta Be?

I just gotta say, with everything else going on in the world, you know, things like islamic terrorism in general, the proliferation of nuclear weapons amongst terrorist nations and islamic terrorist organizations. The Obamaist dismantling of the American economic system, the proposed dismantling of the American Military. You know, little stuff like that.

This headline caught my eye and I just had to read it.

Bisexual Men Sue Gay Group, Claim Bias

Apparently 3 bisexual men participated in something called the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance Gay Softball World Series.

The 3 guys filed a lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle accusing the Alliance of violating Washington State anti-discrimination laws. The men claim that the Alliance “deemed them not gay enough to participate in the series”. But according to Beth Allen, attorney representing the Alliance, the 3 guys "were not discriminated against in any unlawful manner." The attorney went on to say that the Alliance is a private organization and can determine its membership based on its own goals.

Kind of like the Boy Scouts of America is also a private organization, and can determine its membership based on its own goals. And should be free from harassment from thuggish gay rights groups, right?

But I digress.

Apparently the Alliance's rules are such that each softball team can have no more than two heterosexual players and according to the lawsuit, another team accused team D2 of violating that rule.

The three plaintiffs, Steven Apilado, LaRon Charles and Jon Russ all played on the team called D2 that qualified for the 2008 Gay Softball World Series, apparently the other team alleges that Apilado, Charles, and Russ are not gay enough.

It seems that each of the three men were called into a conference room and questioned in front of more than 25 people, they say they were subjected to "personal and intrusive questions" about their sexual attractions and desires to determine if the guys were straight or gay, the lawsuit alleges. It also seems that the Alliance has no category or definition for bisexual or transgender people in its rules, according to the plaintiff's attorney.

The news story says that “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 has ruled that the three men were "non-gay," stripped the team, 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 lawsuit.

I have nothing against gays as individuals, I have never discriminated against anyone I perceived to be gay. When I was a manager at a major telephone company I had, at times, gay people reporting to me, they were extremely efficient, highly intelligent and except for one individual, they were excellent at customer service.

But how much gay is enough to be accepted by gays?


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