Gay Macon band director fired for marrying partner

The band director at a Catholic prep school in Macon says he was fired because he plans to marry his male partner of six years.

Flint Dollar says that Mount de Sales Academy President David Held fired him Wednesday, citing Dollar’s pending marriage.

Parents of the school’s band members contacted local affiliate 13WMAZ to bring the issue public, and they’re planning to meet Thursday afternoon with Held. A protest is also planned for Friday morning at the school and a “Save Flint Dollar” Facebook page was created to keep people updated on the situation.

Held sent an email to the school’s parents and staff Thursday with the subject line “Personnel Decisions” but did not mention Dollar or the firing.

“Personnel decisions are never easy, and we consider many factors when making such decisions,” Held wrote. “Teaching ability, knowledge of the subject matter, the ability to communicate with constituents, and the willingness to support the teachings of the Catholic Church are just some of factors considered when making these decisions. Please know that these decisions are never made arbitrarily and are guided always by our mission as a Catholic School.”

Curiously, the school’s employment policy covers sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

The policy states that Mount de Academy is “committed to the principles of equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, gender, ancestry, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, or any other characteristic or status that is protected by federal, state, or local law.”

Last June, Dollar performed an organ recital at the North Decatur Presbyterian Church in Decatur as part of the inaugural Southeast Stonewall Music Festival.

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