Identity politics once again runs amok, this time with athletes who aren’t “gay enough”

In my previous post, I talked about the way in which the Left desperately tries to cubby-hole people, events and ideas, without any real understanding of what lies beneath those labels.  Seconds after I finished writing that post, I read this newspaper article, which sounds like a parody, but isn’t:

All Steven Apilado, LaRon Charles and Jon Russ wanted to do was to win the championship game at the Gay Softball World Series for their amateur San Francisco team.

Instead, they were marched one by one into a conference room at the tournament in suburban Seattle and asked about their “private sexual attractions and desires,” and their team was stripped of its second-place finish after the men were determined to be “non-gay,” they said in a lawsuit accusing a national gay sports organization of discrimination.

The suit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle, pits the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a San Francisco group backing the men, against the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance, which prides itself on barring discrimination based on sexual orientation.

At issue is whether the gay sports alliance violated Washington state’s public accommodations laws by enforcing a rule limiting to two the number of heterosexuals who can play on a team.

Apilado, Charles and Russ were members of D2, a team that was part of the San Francisco Gay Softball League. The squad made it to the championship game at the August 2008 tournament in Kent, Wash.

But another team, the Atlanta Mudcats, which had lost to D2 in a semifinal game, complained that the San Francisco team had too many straights.

Read the rest here.  This is the kind of article that has you giggling madly at the insanity of it all, even though the saner part of your brain is wondering how our society got to the point where people are being denied athletic opportunities because they not “gay enough.”

Identity politics is the antithesis of the individualism that was always the bedrock of the American identity.  I am the sum of my many, many parts, large numbers of which are, and should be, invisible to the public eye.  I refuse to have one of those parts be held as so overwhelmingly important that society forces me into certain belief systems and behaviors antithetical to the whole me.

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  • suek

    “…which prides itself on barring discrimination based on sexual orientation…”  While they limit membership to two non-gays per team.  No discrimination there…?!?!?
    I think that in the interest of affirmative action, all basketball and football teams should be limited to 12% blacks. (or whatever percentage of the population blacks constitute these days.)
    You think that would be accepted as non-discriminatory?

  • SGT Dave

    Anyone else have a problem with a league based on inherent discriminatory factors, rather than a legitimate physical differential?  I am rather put out – and then, if you pardon the jest, I have a further question regarding how they determined the three men were not “gay” enough…

    Did someone notice they didn’t throw like girls?

    (sorry, had to be done, and jokingly!)

    SSG Dave
    “I can see establishing rules for just one sex, or even for disabled individuals.  But a division based on being gay?  Isn’t softball gay enough as it is?” – (apologies to my brother in law, an avid softballer!) 

  • BrianE

    One more confirmation that we have fallen through the hole, and have descended into madness.
    I fully support the gay softball league in this, though the story crystallizes and obviously turns on its head the direction we have been taking for decades denying the right of association.
    Finally, the denied are the deniers, starkly revealing the effects of such liberal nonsense .
    The team broke the rules. They should be dis-qualified. Rather simple, and hardly requires a lawsuit.
    I think a parallel example is our local church softball league. The idea is to promote a competition based on fellowship, free from the usual shenanigans of the city leagues. The requirement is rather basic– to be eligible you must attend one church service a month of the team you play on.
    For several years, teams have been assembled feigning a religiosity (for years the Job Corps has fielded a team based on Indian animism). For the most part the kids are nice and its an opportunity for them to create a tie to the community.
    But we certainly have the right to restrict beer swilling, chew spitting, vile talking types from the league. There are already leagues for them. (Actually they can play– provided they attend church.)

  • BrianE

    This is a parody, right? Like The Onion is behind this or something.
    I wasn’t aware that “not gay enough” is code for bisexual– which kind of proves that homosexuality isn’t genetic, since even homosexuals don’t consider bisexuals homosexuals– just confused heterosexuals.
    I wonder how many other pretenders aren’t really homosexual?

  • tejas

    ” This is the kind of article that has you giggling madly at the insanity of it all, even though the saner part of your brain is wondering how our society got to the point where people are being denied athletic opportunities because they not “gay enough.” “

    Shouldn’t have read that with coffee in my mouth……. now I have clean my monitor. 

  • Ymarsakar

    There’s going to be a gay-straight war soon. Let me tell ya. It’ll rival the Homo Superioris vs Homo Cro magnon in heart pounding power.

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