Bisexual men sue gay organisation over discrimination
Three bisexual men have filed a lawsuit against the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA) claiming they were discriminated against for not being gay enough.
The men claim they were barred from participating in the organisation’s Gay Softball World Series.
The three men who filed the suit, Steven Apilado, LaRon Charles and Jon Russ, claim their softball team, D2, was disqualified from participating in the softball championship because the alliance ruled they were “nongay.”
After D2 qualified for the 2008 championship series, the NAGAAA held a hearing to determine the sexual orientation of D2 players. The plaintiffs allege they were asked “personal and intrusive questions” about their sexual attractions and desires.
At one point during the questioning, D2 players were allegedly told, “This is the Gay World Series, not the Bisexual World Series.”
The men are asking for $75,000 each for emotional distress, are seeking to invalidate the alliance’s findings on the men’s sexual orientations and to reinstate D2’s second-place World Series finish.
The NAGAAA was formed in 1977 and now includes more than 680 teams in 37 leagues across the US.