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:

Comments

  1. Edd says

    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.

  2. Edd says

    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.

  3. VOV5 says

    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)

  4. simon says

    “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.

  5. Tony says

    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.

  6. Keppler says

    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!

  7. Howard B says

    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!

  8. crispy says

    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.

  9. gregorybrown says

    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.

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