Bisexual men barred from Gay Softball event for 'not being gay enough'.
The trio of Steven Apilado, Jon Russ and LaRon Charles had been refused participation in a 2008 Gay Softball World Series near Seattle, ruling that they were not gay enough to be included.
The men had alleged in their lawsuit that they were discriminated against and humiliated when questioned in front of a room full of people about their sexual orientation, reports the Daily Mail.
The Gay Softball World Series, sponsored by the National Gay Amateur Athletic Association (NAGAA had disqualified the trio from the competition after a vote on whether the men were 'gay or non-gay'.
The men alleged that the event's sponsor and competition rules stating that only two members of each team can be heterosexual violates state anti-discrimination laws.
The case was taken to the court where the District Judge John Coughenour found that though NAGAA could keep its two-heterosexual-per-team rule, the association 'could still be liable for its actions' in allegedly discriminating against bisexuals.
As a result of this lawsuit, NAGAA changed its rules to include bisexual and transgender people in the team. (ANI)
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|Date:||Jun 4, 2011|
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