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Bisexual men barred from Gay Softball event for 'not being gay enough'.



London, June 4 (ANI): The hearing in the one-if-its-kind case of three bisexual men suing a gay baseball association for disqualifying them on not being 'gay' enough continues in a U.S. court.

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 sexual orientation
n.
The direction of one's sexual interest toward members of the same, opposite, or both sexes, especially a direction seen to be dictated by physiologic rather than sociologic forces.
, reports the Daily Mail.

The Gay Softball World Series, sponsored by the National Gay Amateur Athletic Association The Amateur Athletic Association of England (formerly simply the Amateur Athletic Association) or AAA (pronounced 'three As') is the oldest athletics organization in the UK, having been established in 1880.  (NAGAA had disqualified dis·qual·i·fy  
tr.v. dis·qual·i·fied, dis·qual·i·fy·ing, dis·qual·i·fies
1.
a. To render unqualified or unfit.

b. To declare unqualified or ineligible.

2.
 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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