In 1993, Toronto based Savoy Howe participated in the city's first ever female boxing event. Howe made headlines that same when she became the first out lesbian in women's boxing. Howe started the Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club in 1996 to introduce women to competitive boxing. A role model in the LGBT community, she promotes the sport as an outlet for lesbians and transgendered people to receive support and feel empowered. Howe currently operates the only all-female gym in Canada.