The San Francisco gay softball team has been disqualified from the Gay World Series for violating the rule that each team is only allowed to have two straight people on the team. However, none of the six contested team members have identified themselves as straight, just that they aren't gay.
The way the story is being presented, as well as the discussion in the comments section on other blogs assume that these players are straight. But there are a lot of options other than gay or straight. They could just as easily be bisexual, heteroflexible, homoflexible, pansexual, queer, and so on.
My understanding is they were read a definition of what a homosexual person was and what a gay person was. How they responded was used to determine whether they were gay or straight. Not one person when they responded ever actually said they were straight. These were not new players; they had played in six Gay World Series already. As long as I've been involved with NAGAA, nobody before has been disqualified.
-- Vincent Fuqua, Commissioner of San Francisco's Gay Softball League
Personally, I consider myself about as queer as they come, but I can't imagine a definition of "homosexual" that I would identify myself with. And depending on what definition of "gay" we're using, who knows. I find it telling that the San Francisco team of all places is the team that has so many non-gay players. Half the queer people I know living in what's often called the "gay Mecca" don't actually identify as gay, but one of a dozen other queer identities.
I think that the Gay World Series had the right idea when they decided to allow players to self-identify as opposed to engage in some kind of sexual identity policing. However, by only focusing on "homosexual" and "gay" identities, and assuming everyone else must be straight, they do our community a grave disservice. They are furthering the assumption that sexual orientation is a binary and continuing bisexual invisibility.
This situation is a real world example to apply our recent conversation here at Bilerico about who the LGBTQ community encompasses. The problem with a binary approach to sexual orientation (or even a Kinsey scale) is that our LGBTQ community includes plenty of people who are on the edges of our identity labeling borders. Where do we place the straight trans person who wants to participate in supposedly LGb(t) spaces? The man who identifies as queer and only dates dykes who use strap ons? The queerspawn who identifies as culturally-queer, erotically-straight? The girlfags? Or the assumed straight person who's been playing on the San Francisco gay softball team through six Gay World Series?