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Monday, November 28, 2011

Bisexual Ballers Don't Have to Worry About Not Being Gay Enough

Posted By on Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 2:45 PM

click to enlarge Make no mistake ... this is gay!
  • Make no mistake ... this is gay!

The bizarre story of three San Francisco softball players who were shamed off the field four years ago and stripped of their second-place medal for not being homo enough has finally come to a resolution.

Our sister paper Seattle Weekly reports that the three players -- Steven Apilado, LaRon Charles, and Jon Russ of the San Francisco-based team D2 -- won an undisclosed amount of money from the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance's Gay Softball World Series, and even better, they get their trophy back.

Ultimately, the settlement also means that bisexual players are indeed homo enough to play on the amateur softball league.

The three players were disqualified in 2008 after winning second place in the Gay Softball World Series when it was discovered that some members of the team were either bisexual or worse -- straight. After the game, the players in question were ordered to testify about their sexuality, which led other players to note that "This is the Gay World Series, not the Bisexual World Series!"

After the team was stripped of its medal, the trio of players sued, arguing their rights were violated when they were forced to talk about their sexuality. But U.S. District Judge John Coughenour later ruled that NAGAAA could discriminate on the basis of sexuality in much the same way that the Boy Scouts of America do. The players appealed, which led to the court settlement.

Part of the settlement says that the NAGAAA can no longer force players to disclose which team a player is batting for, per se.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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