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Gay Teen Elected Student Head of Top British School for First Time


Will Emery, the 17-year-old son of a banker, is the first openly gay elected student head of a top British school, according to UK media, and was voted in by more than 1,000 pupils and staff at Brighton College.

The Daily Mail reports:

Headmaster Richard Cairns said there was a huge round of applause when the announcement was made and said teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18 see sexuality as a 'so-what' issue.

He added: 'He was a very popular choice - the rugby players voted for him along with many others - but I bet if I wrote to the old boys and said our head boy was openly gay, some of them would think it's very strange indeed.'

Mr Emery has used his new position to speak critically of schools that use policies that stopteachers from discussing homosexuality. Gay rights campaigners have highlighted 40 schools that use sex education policies that forbid 'promoting' homosexuality, similar to the controversial section 28 of the Local Government Act implemented by Thatcher's government.

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  1. How can someone that young look so world-weary?

    Posted by: Hagatha | Aug 26, 2013 3:22:51 PM

  2. Hanging out in the mens room paid off.

    Posted by: JollyGood | Aug 26, 2013 3:41:37 PM

  3. Both of you (or the same person) are such bitter queens.

    Posted by: JERK | Aug 26, 2013 4:02:26 PM

  4. Congratualtions, Will! Please don't let the TR pricks discourage you. :-)

    Posted by: Ken | Aug 26, 2013 4:17:40 PM

  5. I read this article on Huffington; the comments on there were horrible

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Aug 26, 2013 4:41:19 PM

  6. Since it wasn't mentioned, the school is Brighton College.

    Posted by: Alan | Aug 26, 2013 6:31:59 PM

  7. This is good. The support of rugby players isn't surprising: they're tough, they know they won't be branded by association. He's a handsome young man who doesn't look "world weary" at all, just Brit. And I'm sure his sheets are changed and laundered regularly.

    Posted by: gregorybrown | Aug 26, 2013 8:00:48 PM

  8. Signs that the times when our societies -meaning the western ones- can pass from the gender/orientation issues. What matter are qualifications, etc.. Let’s hope the tendency gets hold.

    Posted by: SAYTHETRUTH | Aug 26, 2013 8:07:10 PM

  9. Can I just send a memo out to everybody who didn't get the last one on this issue:
    Regardless of how good the photo looks, you will always come to regret allowing your teenage hairstyle to be published a few years later.
    Please forward to appropriate parties.

    Posted by: rdiac | Aug 27, 2013 12:54:34 AM

  10. Son of a banker attending an elite prep school [what we call them in the U.S.]. Says it all, doesn't it? You can't judge a society's attitudes by what goes on among elites in schools like this.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 27, 2013 9:41:27 AM

  11. Give it a rest RATBASTARD. We get it, you hate every gender, race, economic group, sexual orientation other than your own. It got tired about 3 years ago. Pathetic waste of a human.

    Posted by: WOW | Aug 27, 2013 4:22:42 PM

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