GLBT chamber hires Lisa Howe as executive director

Monday, February 6, 2012 at 11:58am
Staff reports

Former Belmont University women’s soccer coach Lisa Howe has been hired as the first executive director of the Nashville Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Chamber of Commerce.

Howe departed Belmont after telling her team that she and her partner, Wendy Holleman, were due to have a baby. Belmont and Howe called the departure a “mutual agreement,” but the issue still received national media attention.

“Lisa Howe knows first-hand how it is to come out in the work place and suffer discrimination because of sexual orientation,” said Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce President Michael Fluck.

“After a national search we are pleased to announce that she is the first ever full time executive director for the Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce. She has a passion for workplace equality that can’t be matched and is the perfect fit as our new executive director.”

Fluck said Howe’s qualities as a former coach would “prove invaluable” in moving the NGLBTCC forward.

Howe called the position the “the perfect job to fulfill my goals and vision.”

She started her new job on Feb. 1. Her responsibilities include oversight and management of day-to-day operations; membership recruitment and retention; corporate partnership development; calendar development; recruitment and oversight of volunteers and the development and execution of an annual fundraiser.

The NGLBTCC has more than 125 members in the Nashville area.

23 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 2/6/12 at 1:53

This group was formulated to make trouble for those that think girls date boys and boys date girls.

By: pswindle on 2/6/12 at 2:44

She deserves the good life regardless of who she is.

By: hattrick3 on 2/6/12 at 3:32

Why is it news that a special interets group of 125 members hires a director? There are Home Owner Associations that have more members than this. This is news how????? Cause they are gay?

By: Nitzche on 2/6/12 at 9:38

she should get CARPET WORLD to sponsor a event

By: Loner on 2/7/12 at 5:20

A female jock now running a gay alternative to the standard Chamber of Commerce...that's rather queer, isn't it? Very odd indeed.

Number one on the agenda: Vengeance?

By: govskeptic on 2/7/12 at 7:09

Mrs. Howe will help develop more New York style "Bath Houses" which our
backward community is so starved for! Just a guess but I suppose the
Tennessean and TCP along with Channel 4 & 5 are founding members!

By: global_citizen on 2/7/12 at 7:33

It's sad to see from the comments above that even today we have people who hold a completely irrational animosity toward some people based on fictional stereotypes.

Contrary to what many would assert, gays and lesbians do need their own civil rights protections and the comments above prove the point.

By: Ask01 on 2/7/12 at 7:46

Just an observation, but has anyone ever considered active, approaching violent descrimination against the 'alternative lifestyle' crowd, to include public rantings and ravings from moral and religious leaders, some virtually rabid, bordering on fanatical, serves no other purpose than to generate public sympathy and perhaps pique curiousity in the very young people they seek to protect? The parable of the 'forbidden fruit' springs readily to mind. Beyond that, ancient though my offspring consider me, I can remember being young, and, in between killing dinosuars with my loose rock notebook, seeking ways to see what was so great about the 'forbidden' that adults wanted to keep us from enjoying the experience. Perhaps I am truly slipping into dementia, but, to factor this to the simplest equation, the bigger deal made about any issue, the more prized the forbidden becomes.

The old man's advice, for what it is worth: just shrug your shoulders and go on. Don't make a big deal and those seeking publicity will find no audience since no controversy is generated and news media won't see a story. Young people will reap no shock value or anticipate parental distress, so the curiousity factor should pretty soon botton out.

Just one opinion among many.

By: Ask01 on 2/7/12 at 7:51

Let me add quickly, as I don't feel I was clear, all descrimination against the LGBT community needs to end. By doing so, once again, they have no purpose, nothing to generate news stories. Sexual harrassment laws exist already and can be easily expanded to cover any inappropriate interaction between any possible configuration of sexual combinations.

Simple minded person I am, it seems the problem would be solved.

By: LizzyD on 2/7/12 at 1:17

Whatever Lisa Howe does is "news." And you can thank some hard-headed Victorians at Belmont for THAT! And for the fact that they lost a very good employee. They didn't say she couldn't be gay, btw. They just said she couldn't be gay and raise a baby. No further comment.

FOR Ask01: You surely must not be a lifelong southerner if you don't understand that a southerner's first and foremost mission in life is to know everything that the "other people" are doing and voice a judgement. Nosey-newsy gossipers and winners of next month's Jesus prize. The very idea of disapproving of your neighbor and not spreading your disapproval all over town is simply unthinkable.

By: Ask01 on 2/7/12 at 2:14

LizzyD, I was born and raised in the south. In fact, in a small southern city totally dependent, at that time anyway, on textiles. Daddy was a Baptist Deacon who, despite the stereotype, believed in live and let live, and if people's action did not directly affect you, whatever they did was none of your business. (My grandfather more bluntly said, "Don't stir up the cow pies when walking through the field." He didn't say pies, however.)

I then spent 20 years in the military. No big hero, nothing like that, but I did learn that there are some issues more important to a persons character than incidentals like religion, ethnic origin, or even sexual orientation.

Please forgive me LizzyD, I seem to be rambling again. I just cannot resist climbing on a soapbox when I feel strongly about a subject. I feel it is time for my nap and medications.

By: wasaw on 2/7/12 at 4:27

Great position for Ms. Howe! At least now, when folks are approached by her, they will know who she is and what she stands (or lies) for. Aren't you glad you didn't have a daughter who had to be around her and play for her at Belmont?

Let's don't forget what Ms. Howe stands for. She's a female homosexual. That means she has sex with other females. Folks who are enlightened and wants to change the world, knows what that means. For others, that means that she kisses, hugs, and has oral and possibly anal intercourse with other females. What turns most of us off is that she is so pleased with herself that she doesn't understand why the rest of the world, doesn't accept her as a healthy individual. Even the animal world doesn't have sex among the same sex.

By: wasaw on 2/7/12 at 4:27

Great position for Ms. Howe! At least now, when folks are approached by her, they will know who she is and what she stands (or lies) for. Aren't you glad you didn't have a daughter who had to be around her and play for her at Belmont?

Let's don't forget what Ms. Howe stands for. She's a female homosexual. That means she has sex with other females. Folks who are enlightened and wants to change the world, knows what that means. For others, that means that she kisses, hugs, and has oral and possibly anal intercourse with other females. What turns most of us off is that she is so pleased with herself that she doesn't understand why the rest of the world, doesn't accept her as a healthy individual. Even the animal world doesn't have sex among the same sex.

By: wasaw on 2/7/12 at 4:27

Great position for Ms. Howe! At least now, when folks are approached by her, they will know who she is and what she stands (or lies) for. Aren't you glad you didn't have a daughter who had to be around her and play for her at Belmont?

Let's don't forget what Ms. Howe stands for. She's a female homosexual. That means she has sex with other females. Folks who are enlightened and wants to change the world, knows what that means. For others, that means that she kisses, hugs, and has oral and possibly anal intercourse with other females. What turns most of us off is that she is so pleased with herself that she doesn't understand why the rest of the world, doesn't accept her as a healthy individual. Even the animal world doesn't have sex among the same sex.

By: Ask01 on 2/7/12 at 5:09

Actually wasaw, homosexual behavior has been observed among non-human species. What I remember from the article caused me to believe this was sometimes situational, perhaps the closest analogy being incarcerated humans, but at times seemed to be a much longer term arrangement.

The bottom line is human beings, for as advanced as we believe ourselves to be, are no different that the animals in this regard.

By: acluu on 2/7/12 at 8:38

The "Sexual Orientation" Shell Game

One sometimes hears the argument that pedophilia and bestiality are not sexual orientations because they are against the law.
This makes no sense at all. Would they suddenly become sexual orientations if they were legalized? Is homosexuality not an orientation in places where it is illegal?

Scientific truth, which sexual orientation theory claims to be, does not depend on legal status. Furthermore, if sexual orientation is not based on behavior, but only on sexual desire, what difference does it make whether the behavior is legal or not?
A private desire to have sex with children or animals (if it is never expressed or acted upon in any way) has exactly the same impact on society as the private unexpressed desire for homosexuality or normal heterosexual intercourse , none!

On the other hand, sadomasochism is not illegal.
Why isn't the "gay" movement willing to classify sadomasochism as an "orientation" based on the criterion of sexual desires?

The answer is that sadomasochism (like pedophilia and bestiality) is a behavior so unacceptable to most people that they would not go along with legitimizing it just because the people who do it might have been "born that way" or might have been influenced by biological factors
. If the public were to decide in one case that the existence of an orientation should not automatically mean social acceptance for the behavior connected with it, they might apply the very same logic to the homosexual orientation.

The "gay" movement cannot afford this kind of association. Society might decide that homosexual orientation is acceptable, but at the same time decide that homosexual behavior should be discouraged.

Homosexualists would rather be illogical and count on the power of political correctness to discourage people from unmasking their deception.

http://www.abidingtruth.com/pfrc/books/sevensteps/Chapter3/index

By: acluu on 2/7/12 at 8:49

Ask01 said: "Actually wasaw, homosexual behavior has been observed among non-human species. What I remember from the article caused me to believe this was sometimes situational, perhaps the closest analogy being incarcerated humans, but at times seemed to be a much longer term arrangement ".

Perhaps you can also touch on the cannibilism, rape, pedophilia and murder that the "animal kingdom" has to offer as well.

By: Ask01 on 2/7/12 at 9:55

acluu, cannibalism, rape, pedophilia and murder were not part of the discussion and therefore not pertinant.

The gist of the comment to which I was responding infered that animals did not engage in homosexual behavior. I was merely pointing out studies have shown the contrary to be true.

The point, not judging one way or another, right or wrong, is sexual orientation seems to be something with which an individual is born. External influences may spur individuals to act on urges, but I feel confident those urges were already present with a predisposition to engage in such behavior.

If you begin to feel driven to act on repressed urges, exploring in private, please, sexuality with a willing, of legal age partner should not be an issue. We just don't wish to hear details, thank you.

I do, however, encourage you not to act on any inclination to cannibalism, rape, pedophelia, or murder, as doing so would be illegal and provide much fodder for local media.

By: spooky24 on 2/8/12 at 4:16

HHUUMMmmm....In one of the longest and most detailed studies they have ever done at the BSI in Ouantico, Virgina was the subject of individuals that kill others because they represent the symbol of their own hatred.
John Gacy would be an example as would be Aileen Wuornos. In Gacy's case young homosexual boys deserved torture and death because they represented his own hated homosexuality-that he claimed was-forced-into him by the Government. That was just one of many of his explanation of 'being homo' as he called it.
The eggheads at the Behavioral Science Institute also found that rouge elements of the CIA in the 60's had a program to 'insert homo' into persons to discredit and dishonor them. Of course MLK was first on their list and their never ending battle to expose him as a 'communist fag' they had inside operatives place bizarre sex photos of men engaged in 'homo action' -that were to be shown to him under hypnosis. The rest of the details can be found in the 2000 page work "Legacy of Secrecy" by Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann.

What does this have to do with the article-nothing except it might be a little more interesting to see your government at work.

sp

By: acluu on 2/8/12 at 4:55

Ask01 said “The point, not judging one way or another, right or wrong, is sexual orientation seems to be something with which an individual is born”.

Ok, let me see if I have this right.

If a person was born a “sadomasochist (sadist)” which is legal and a “sexual orientation” then why doesn’t the gay community stick up for their rights as well?

By: Ask01 on 2/8/12 at 6:15

If you wish to act on sadomasochistic urges, so long as you do so with a willing, of legal age partner, I see no problem, so long as you and your partner are happy.

I don't quite comprehend your difficulty in understanding the point here. First, you try to compare homosexual tendencies with murder, rape, pedophelia, and cannibalism, which is absurd. Then you bring up sado masochism, which is a seperate issue.

I am merely presenting opinions without passing judgement on the morality.

What is your agenda?

Oh, by the way, I am heterosexual and happily married, so no thanks.

By: acluu on 2/8/12 at 8:43

Ask01 said: "I am merely presenting opinions without passing judgement on the morality ".
Sure fooled me

"What is your agenda"?
Don't have one.

" Oh, by the way, I am heterosexual and happily married, so no thanks ".
Ohhhhhh...k

Aberrant behavior is aberrant regardless the circumstances surrounding its practice. Though the law is changing, there was a time homosexuality was proscribed by law. Homosexuality is not evil because the law exists, the law existed because it is evil.

The law against molestation exists because molestation is evil. So too, the law against rape. Sin was in the world before the law.

By: Ask01 on 2/8/12 at 9:40

Hmmmm, I see we are at an impasse.

Logical, calm, discussion is pointless.

Unlike you, I don't feel I am qualified, or that is it my job to judge people for their behavior when it affects no one but themselves. God will more than capably handle judgement himself.

Just sit back and pretend you are better than everyone else, and allow the rest of the world to climb out of the abyss and live in peace.

I shant bother you again.