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NBC on SheWired: Students Rally for Lesbian Coach - Video

NBC on SheWired: Students Rally for Lesbian Coach - Video

Students stood outside the president of Belmont University's office to call for change after lesbian soccer coach Lisa Howe told administrators that her partner was pregnant and due to give birth in May. She asked the athletic director whether she could tell her team the news, but he allegedly said that there was no place for gay people in the sports department. They also wrote letters to various national media outlets, Coach Howe and even Ellen Degeneres.

After the president of Belmont University said Wednesday that his school welcomes gay and lesbian students and staff, Lisa Howe, the women's soccer coach who was reportedly pressured to leave her job after coming out to administrators, said she welcomes his words but wants to see an actual policy change in writing.

Students stood outside the president of Belmont's office to call for change. They also wrote letters to various national media outlets, Coach Howe and even Ellen Degeneres. Howe is thankful for all the support from students and big name supporters like Mike Curb, a record company executive, former lieutenant governor of California, major donor to the university and trustee emeritus who spoke out in her support earlier this week.

According to earlier reports, Howe told administrators that her partner was pregnant and due to give birth in May. She asked the athletic director whether she could tell her team the news, but he allegedly said that there was no place for gay people in the sports department.

“I congratulate and praise Dr. Fisher for announcing this nondiscrimination policy, which will set an example for Christian schools and universities across the country,” Howe said in a statement Thursday. “I look forward to seeing this policy implemented. I intend for my next job to be in a place where I feel safe and welcome. If Belmont is that place, then I will certainly consider reapplying.”

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