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Teacher Says He Didn't Get Job Because He's Gay


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June 6, 2012

A music teacher said Tuesday that Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy changed its mind about hiring him because he is gay.

The case is the latest in a string of local and national conflicts involving religious institutions firing employees based on what they say are religious reasons but what some critics say are discriminatory reasons.

Jonathan Zeng, a music teacher and singer who lives in downtown Cincinnati, says Cincinnati Hills, a nondenominational Christian school, offered him a teaching job there Friday after several days of interviews and observing him leading a third-grade class.

GLAAD is working closely with Jonathan, to make sure his story is told accurately by the media, and to make the media aware of this story's role in the larger narrative of religious organizations firing or not hiring people based on their sexual orientation.