D.C. High School Principal Comes Out as Gay at Student Pride Event

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Pete Cahall, the principal of Washington D.C.'s Wilson High School, came out as gay to his students at a Pride event on Wednesday, the Washington Post reports:

Wilson High School Principal Pete Cahall came out to his students as gay at a school-wide Pride Day event Wednesday, shaking as he said that he had “hid in the shadows for the last 50 years” but was inspired by his students to declare his sexual orientation openly. “I want to say publicly for the first time because of your leadership, care and support that I am a proud gay man who just happens to be the principal of Wilson High School,” he said in the packed atrium at the D.C. school, flanked by Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and David Catania (I), the D.C. Council’s first openly gay member.

Students cheered and hugged Cahall after the announcement. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and David Catania (I), the D.C. Council’s first openly gay member were there for the announcement. See Catania's congratulatory Tweet below.

Congratulating Principal Cahall at @Wilsonhsdcps about his remarkable announcement today. pic.twitter.com/lgnfPRdJdy

— David Catania (@DavidCataniaDC) June 4, 2014

The school's GSA also congratulated him:

The Westboro Baptist Church last week announced plans to picket the school on June 9 because of its support for LGBT Pride and marriage equality, the WaPo reported on May 27:

The announcement triggered an immediate reaction from students, who took to social media to begin organizing a peaceful counterprotest. Rovinsky said that it’s been heartening to see her school come together in support of a common cause.

“The fact that Westboro has targeted a high school where many kids struggle with understanding their sexuality and may take these crazy extremist comments to heart seems outrageous to me,” she wrote in an e-mail. “However, I do know that as a school community, we will stand up for all of our students ... Westboro has decided to go against the wrong school and the wrong city this time.”

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  1. And now to face the inevitable homophobic parents of these students....oo hoo

    Posted by: Troy | Jun 4, 2014 12:58:58 PM


  2. Cue the outraged parents who will try to get him removed, fueled of course by nom & afa.

    Give them the respect the deserve are refer to them with lower case letters.

    Posted by: Edd | Jun 4, 2014 12:59:21 PM


  3. Cue the outraged parents who will try to get him removed, fueled of course by nom & afa.

    Give them the respect the deserve are refer to them with lower case letters.

    Posted by: Edd | Jun 4, 2014 12:59:22 PM


  4. This is in the middle of DC. There won't be outraged parents.

    Posted by: crispy | Jun 4, 2014 1:13:17 PM


  5. This is AMAZING! So freakin bad-ass!

    Posted by: Junior | Jun 4, 2014 1:17:31 PM


  6. I love it! So proud right now

    Posted by: MoonJoon | Jun 4, 2014 1:17:57 PM


  7. This is courage, this is pride, this is a celebration of LIFE. Congrats!

    Posted by: Hughes | Jun 4, 2014 1:18:35 PM


  8. Can I just express how happy thos made me? Loved it

    Posted by: Michelle | Jun 4, 2014 1:19:19 PM


  9. The positive impact this will have on these students will be profound. They'll always think back with a smile.

    Our professor came out to us a few weeks before finals. In a small rural town. His coming out made everyone's mind open about the subject. To this day when I speak to classmates, they tell me they only gave thought and support to gay rights because Professor Henley came out and was the first gay person they knew (and admired)

    Posted by: VOV5 | Jun 4, 2014 1:21:52 PM


  10. hot for the teacher

    Posted by: TigHeart | Jun 4, 2014 1:23:42 PM


  11. Love my town!

    Posted by: DC Insider | Jun 4, 2014 1:26:34 PM


  12. Awesome and inspiring! DC won't really have all the outraged parents like you might expect in certain other parts of the country.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Jun 4, 2014 1:27:42 PM


  13. Awesome and inspiring! DC won't really have all the outraged parents like you might expect in certain other parts of the country.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Jun 4, 2014 1:27:43 PM


  14. Congratulations ...that is simply awesome. I'll bet he received a lot of hugs.

    VERY inspiring

    Posted by: GeoffM | Jun 4, 2014 1:34:47 PM


  15. After 20 years, his memory is his best friend.

    Posted by: Jake | Jun 4, 2014 1:39:11 PM


  16. "This is in the middle of DC. There won't be outraged parents."
    But there will be long distance calls from Mississippi and outrage from FRC. They are the parents of everyone.

    Posted by: simon | Jun 4, 2014 1:40:41 PM


  17. This is in the middle of DC? No, not really. It's actually pretty close to the border with Maryland in a predominantly white, upper class neighborhood. If anything, that is the reason why most parents won't care (although what few Republicans there are in DC are more likely to have kids go to Wilson than anywhere).

    I doubt a school having LGBTQ Pride Day and drawing the anger of Westboro Baptist is likely to have an issue with a gay principal at this point.

    Posted by: Tony | Jun 4, 2014 1:44:42 PM


  18. Talk about leading by example! This is a picture of courage that will impact these kids in years to come. And the promise (if not always the reality) of public education. Bravo!

    Posted by: Keppler | Jun 4, 2014 1:51:27 PM


  19. Bravo Principal Cahall. In a perfect world, it wouldn't have taken 50 years for you to come out, but like the old saying goes...Better late than never!

    Posted by: Howard B | Jun 4, 2014 3:09:51 PM


  20. Actually, Tony, a big percentage of students at Woodrow Wilson High School from all over the District outside the school's boundaries. So while "middle of DC" may not be geographically accurate, it does indeed accurately reflect the makeup of Washington DC.

    49% of the student body is African-American, 25% Caucasian, 17% Latin American, and 9% Asian American.

    Nice try with the racism though.

    Posted by: crispy | Jun 4, 2014 4:19:46 PM


  21. Great story!

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | Jun 4, 2014 4:57:15 PM


  22. DC is a very liberal city. If anything, parents will throw him a congratulatory party. Good for him!

    Posted by: reality | Jun 4, 2014 5:50:31 PM


  23. This is the way Civilizations rot and fall.
    The Roman Empire was already tottering, but the adoption of Christianity by Roman elites as well as commoners sped the collapse and fall. Acceptance of the Three Headed God was poisonous.

    Posted by: gregorybrown | Jun 4, 2014 7:55:10 PM


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