Mr. Daniel Franzese has neither been employed nor under contract for any services in any form at any time with Walsh University. The email he cites from Director of Student Activities and Leadership Anna Borges reflects her personal views.
Franzese has responded to Collins’ letter with a new video, stating that he has received an “outpouring of messages from Walsh University students, alumni and faculty and former employees all speaking against homophobic and toxic environmental situations that they allege have been created by the administration.”
Franzese continues by urging Walsh administrators to listen to its LGBTQ+ and ally members:
See what your community of Cavaliers want to say to you. Listen with an open heart and an open mind. Queer Catholics want to maintain a relationship with Christ. Help them do that. Let them have the LGBTQ Alliance group they have been trying to have on campus for 15 years.
This story comes the same week that a new survey was just released revealing that LGBTQ+ students at Christian colleges face increased harassment. The survey indicated that “gender minority students are seven times more likely to be sexually assaulted on their Christian campus than cisgender students (14% v. 2%).”