In an effort to combat sexual misconduct in the elite Irish American bridge club, the Peoples Bridge Alliance announced on Thursday that it is relocating to another city.
The 60-member group, formed in 2006 after The New York Times reported on the rampant sex and gender discrimination within the Gaelic Athletic Association, was originally based in East New York, Brooklyn. Earlier this year, Times reporters joined the group’s executive committee in an attempt to prove their historical claims about rampant gender discrimination and sexual harassment within the GAA world, an attempt which proved inconclusive.
The club was believed to be the first club of its kind in the United States to operate under United States Standards for Internet Usage Privacy Regulation (US ISUP), for carrying notes written by major international bridge tournaments.
However, some are skeptical of the recent move. Jackie Roberts, a member of the board of the Peoples Bridge Alliance, said that a move is a better alternative to seeing the group move to another city as opposed to living in New York. She added that the problem is lessening because the club has begun to become more aware of the problem.
“This is a big game that spans so many years and for almost anyone who is playing it’s like family,” Roberts said. “When people see that there’s discrimination going on, that was a point of discouragement and then the new board stepped in and helped bring awareness.”
The new bridge club will be located in Long Island City, Queens.