Ask Cincinnati School Not to Discriminate Against LGBT Teachers

Target: Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy Board of Trustees

Goal: End discrimination against LGBT teachers and employees.

Last week, music teacher Jonathan Zeng was offered and accepted a job at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, only to have the the job offer rescinded shortly afterward, when the school learned he was gay. The school cited their policy of not hiring homosexual teachers since they believed in the sanctity of marriage and were concerned about Zeng’s influence on the children he would be teaching.

Christianity is based on unconditional love, without judgement, and when asked about religion during his extensive interview process, Zeng cited these principles as his belief system. This response led to the school asking if he was gay after already offering the job, and they responded rescinded the offer based on his response. The school has since told the media that they do not discuss hiring decisions and that they see some inaccuracies in the reports about the incident. Zeng wrote a two-page letter to the school requesting more information, and the school has not responded.

Currently, it is legal in the state of Ohio to fire someone or deny them employment because they are LGBT. Jonathan Zeng’s experience at the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy only highlights that we still have far to go before gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people can be equal and have the same rights as everyone else.

By signing the petition below, you are asking the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy Board of Trustees to end their policy of discrimination against LGBT employees.


Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy Board of Trustees,

Jonathan Zeng was a highly qualified candidate for the position of music teacher for the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, and the hiring board believed so until he revealed that he was gay. After this, his job offer was rescinded.

Mr. Zeng was only forced to reveal his sexuality after answering several religious questions, where he stated his beliefs that Christianity is based on unconditional, non-judgemental love, which is one of the main tenants of Christianity, yet the hiring board still rescinded the job offer, citing their concerns about Mr. Zeng being around the children.

Rescinding Mr. Zeng’s job offer is discrimination. Clearly, the hiring board believed that he was the best candidate for the job until they found out he was gay. I am asking you to end your discrimination against LGBT employees. Rescinding Mr. Zeng’s job offer due to his sexual orientation stands in direct contrast to your school’s beliefs and principles: unconditional love for all.


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