At the World Series in Seattle, the team made it all the way to the championship game, when they were shocked to learn that their eligibility to play was being challenged based on a NAGAAA rule limiting the number of non-gay players who could play on a World Series team. The players were called into a conference room and questioned in front of more than 25 people, most of them strangers, about their sexual orientations and private lives. The three players are all men of color. Two of their teammates, who are white, were also questioned by the protest committee, but only the players of color were believed by the committee to be heterosexual. NAGAAA expressed regret at the impact the protest hearing process had on the players and their team. As a result of this case, NAGAAA changed its rules to be fully inclusive of all bisexual and transgender players, permitting an unlimited number of bisexual or transgender players to participate on a Gay Softball World Series team.
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Disqualified players settle with gay softball group
Just how gay is gay enough for gay softball? According to The New York Times , the five players in question were taken into a small conference room and interrogated about their sexual preferences. From The New York Times :. According to court records, one player declined to say whether he was gay or straight but acknowledged being married to a woman. Another answered yes to both gay and heterosexual definitions.
The current Commissioner is John Deffee. NAGAAA also maintains a player rating system used to evaluate player skill levels to ensure safety and competitive play. Each member city is allowed to send an unlimited number of teams in the A division and up to three team in each of the B, C, D and E divisions based on the size of the local league, with larger cities allowed more teams.