In 2008, the second place team was disqualified because it was found that they had more than two heterosexual players on their team.
The players sued, saying that they "had been discriminated against because they were bisexual, not gay."
And to make matters more unsettling, five of the team's players were brought before a committee of 25 people and made to answer questions about their sexuality. The panel found three of the men to be straight, and
"The men said they weren't given the option of stating outright that they were bisexual, even though the organization considered bisexual players to be gay for roster purposes. They and their team were disqualified. One observer at the hearing commented, "This is not a bisexual World Series. This is a gay World Series."
Well it was just announced that the organization settled with the players,
"Since the lawsuit was filed [by The National Center For Lesbian Rights], NAGAAA has added language to its rules clarifying that bisexual and transgender players are fully welcomed participants in its events. As part of the settlement, the organization said disqualifying D2 was not consistent with its goal of welcoming bisexual players."
And the team has had their second place finish re-instated, and the players can get back on the field.
This brings up so much to discuss: It's a good thing to promote a "message that openly gay, bisexual and transgendered individuals can thrive in competitive sports." But on the other hand, if straight guys are good enough allies that they're happy to play in a gay league, shouldn't that be a good thing, too?
And beyond baseball, should non-queer allies be allowed to participate in "queer" spaces? Should there be exclusionary spaces within the GLBTQ community? Does it make it seem "safer?" And as a broader question for our culture, should we have "us-only" spaces at all, or should all "us" spaces be "us and allies?"
It's almost as if we imagined that Gay-Straight Alliances were Gay Student Alliances instead.
What would happen if we didn't include our allies?
And how are bisexuals treated, both outside and inside the queer community?
Let me know what you think.
ps: Thanks to my awesome husband for sharing this with me, so I could share it with all of you!
pps: You can find out more in this article in the Bay Area Reporter.