After being suspended from her job following student accusations she committed a “hate crime,” an employee of the Jesuit-run Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles has been reinstated, her attorneys announced this week.
The supposed “hate crime” in question involved a calm and reasoned defense of Church teaching on human sexuality by the employee in a conversation with students on campus during “Rainbow Week” — a celebration of the “LGBT community” sponsored by the University’s LGBT Student Services Office.
Gigi Kurz, a 15-year employee of LMU who works in the alumni office, enlisted the help of the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) after being suspended by administrators. “We are proud to announce that LMU has restored Gigi Kurz to her position without any loss of pay or benefits,” FCDF announced in an email this week. Kurz’s name had previously been withheld in all reports about her conflict with the University.
Charles LiMandri, FCDF’s president and chief counsel noted there was no apology made to Kurz from the University, “although there should have been.”
“I was terrified when I was suspended from my job of 15 years for having a simple, but straight forward, adult conversation with LGBT college students,” Kurz said in a letter released by FCDF. “I was accused of a hate crime the next morning in the campus newspaper, because I did not agree with the LGBT on transgenderism, and for sharing Catholic morality on the subject.
“I felt I was thrown in the twilight zone,” she continued, “where I couldn’t find reality anymore. This was at LMU, a Catholic university, and yet the school immediately isolated me and sent me home and cut me off from my co-workers of 15 years.”