Belmont U Update

For background on the situation regarding the firing of Belmont U’s soccer coach because of her disclosure to her players that she is a lesbian, see my earlier posts:

From the Tennessean, the mayor of Nashville, Karl Dean, wants to expand the city’s anti-bias policies “to adopt a nondiscrimination policy that protects workers based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

In a letter to eight government boards that Dean appoints but that operate autonomously from Metro, the mayor said government has a responsibility to lead on significant public issues. […]

The public fallout from Howe’s departure spurred a Metro Council bill to rescind a parks agreement with the school earlier this week. A Dean spokesperson said the Belmont situation was a catalyst for the mayor’s letters.

Metro Council and Dean approved an update to the nondiscrimination ordinance last year that made it unlawful for Metro to discriminate in its employment practices on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. The update did not cover boards such as the Convention Center Authority or Metro Development and Housing Agency, which operate independently from Metro government.

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