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by Alli Walker 09.20.2012
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Jonathan Zeng Gets Vocal

After facing discrimination, music teacher and performer releases album

Just a few months after Jonathan Zeng was denied a music-teaching job at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy because of his sexual orientation, he is using his experience to help others.Zeng is an award-winning performer and a music educator but he’s never ventured into song writing, until now. He’s currently working on an upcoming album titled Through These Doors about the discrimination he’s faced and he wants to influence others."During difficult times in my life, I have always turned to music. This time, for the first time, I was inspired to write and perform my own music. After personally experiencing discrimination, I hope that my music will help others who face similar situations,” said Zeng in a press release.Combining his story with his professional knowledge in opera and musical theater to create an album that’s both emotionally driven and musically appealing.His singles “Through These Doors” and “Now” are currently available on iTunes and other major music distribution sites, but audiences have to wait until October to get the full album.Zeng is hosting a free launch party on Friday, Oct. 19 from 8-10 p.m. at the Below Zero Lounge in Over-The-Rhine. The party is open to the public and those attending will see Zeng perform his singles as well as unveil other album songs.
 
 

Gays, Even Christians, Need Not Apply

Jonathan Zeng shares his story of discrimination, as local leaders rally

11 Comments · Wednesday, June 13, 2012
They shared the same Christian values, they shared a love of children and Jonathan Zeng was ready to start as a music teacher at his new school. But 15 minutes after accepting the offer, Zeng received a phone call from a school board representative because something was weighing on his mind — whether or not Zeng is gay.   

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