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Gay Softball League Kicks Out Straight Players

Gay Softball League: If You're Not Out, You're Out!

After coming in second place in the Gay Softball World Series, a San Francisco team lost its runner-up title and trophy because three team members were not gay enough. The players now have filed a discrimination suit against the national organization.

The league only allows two "straights" per team and the policy they use to enforce this can be described as: do ask, do tell. After a rival complained that the team in question had too many straight players, league officials separately called each of the three men into a conference room filled with 25 people for a hearing to determine their sexuality. After answering "intrusive" questions, the panel deemed the trio non-gay.

I suspect that a self-proclaimed gay sports league would naturally attract more gay people than straight people, and letting eager straight people in on the fun could have benefits. Why not let the membership work itself out, instead of taking on the problematic task of proving someone's sexuality? Plus, making a rule that you can only have two straight players could imply that they're better than gay players! Still, the league argues that as a private organization it has the right to say who can be a member. Whose side are you on?

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postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
Me too, skigurl, hahahaha
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i can't imagine anything other than asking, "are you gay?" "yes" okay then...i seriously wish i was a fly on the wall in that conference!
dexaholic dexaholic 7 years
Why didn't they just demand they have sex with each other and be done with it? In my co-ed softball league teams have to have a minimum of 4 women (they can have more if they like, but very few do). What if another team questioned the sex of a female player who happened to look more masculine. Would they take her into a room and say "prove it!"?
KateAthens KateAthens 7 years
In their website: "San Francisco Gay softball league provide an environment that is safe, healthy, and free of negative attitudes based on differences in sexual orientation, good sportsmanship etc".... Right!
marcied23 marcied23 7 years
right! matt damon was the "straight" trying to pass in the gay choir. anyway, what kind of questions do they ask exactly to determine that your "straight" and why does it take 25 people to determine if you're straight.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
I didn't even know they have a gay softball league! This is news for me, but wow, oh wow, they kick out people they consider to be straight? How can you tell if one is gay by..a conference? Lyv, LOL at the reference of this can be a plot to Will and Grace episode...which reminds me...I think it was, but with a choir or something, right?
Lyv Lyv 7 years
That's crazy. Even if they were straight (which is sooo not something you can tell by setting up a conference), the fact that they're willing to proudly take part in a gay league should be enough for them to be welcome to play! It's not like it makes any difference in the way you perform in sports, like doping or something. This sounds like some sort of sabotage.... And like a plot to a Will & Grace episode.
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