Nicholas Coppola '90, '15 Attends WH Reception for Pope; Representing LGBT Community

By David Henahan, director of communications, Office of Communications and Government Relations

September 24, 2015

Nicholas Coppola ’90, ’15 is attended the White House Reception for Pope Francis as a member of the GLAAD delegation, the nation's lesbian gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization. Pictured here, speaking at his 2015 commencement. Nicholas Coppola ’90, ’15 attended the White House Reception for Pope Francis as a member of the GLAAD delegation, the nation's lesbian gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization.

Coppola, a practicing Catholic, was very active in his parish until he married his partner, David Crespo. He then was barred from church activity.

“When we returned from our honeymoon, my pastor informed me that Bishop Murphy directed him to remove me from any and every church ministry,” said Coppola. “I was not permitted on the altar. The reason? I married someone I love. It is that simple. That was a very significant moment in my life. Sure, I have dealt with some nasty comments that come from ignorance, but never had an injustice affected me in such a personal way.” 

He subsequently published “Why I want the Pope to sit down with gay couples when he visits the US.” (http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/why-i-want-the-pope-to-sit-down-with-gay-couples-when-he-visits-the-us/

Coppola was one of the student speakers for the 2015 commencement event held on Long Island. In addition, he founded the college’s LGBQT student alumni club, which is active on social media and established under alumni office guidelines. He also serves on the board of directors of GMHC, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to end the AIDS epidemic and uplift the lives of all affected. 

Read more about and view a photo of Coppola at http://www.esc.edu/news/around-college/2015/nicholas-coppola.html

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