Principal Comes Out at School's Gay Pride Day

Thursday, Jun 5, 2014  |  Updated 8:21 AM PDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
A D.C. school principal made a surprise announcement Wednesday. Pete Cahall told the student body at Wilson High School that he is gay.  News4's Tom Sherwood reports on what prompted the Cahall to choose today to come out.

Tom Sherwood

A D.C. school principal made a surprise announcement Wednesday. Pete Cahall told the student body at Wilson High School that he is gay. News4's Tom Sherwood reports on what prompted the Cahall to choose today to come out.

Photos and Videos

Principal Comes Out at Wilson High School

In remarks delivered at a lunchtime pride event at Wilson High School in Washington, D.C., Principal Pete Cahall came out as gay.
More Photos and Videos

A Washington, D.C., principal was met with cheers as he came out to his students as gay during a Pride Day event that drew protest threats from Westboro Baptist Church.

"I turned 50. I'm tired of hiding," Principal Pete Cahall said before praising Wilson High School's students for the supportive environment they've created since Westboro Baptist Church made their plans known.

This is the first time Cahall, who has been the principal at Wilson for six years, has come out publicly. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray was informed of his decision just moments before.

The school held its second annual Pride Day event Wednesday, bringing together over 20 organizations that support the needs of LGBTQ youth.

Westboro, known for its public crusade against gay people at military funerals, announced plans to protest the school's Pride celebration on June 9 and called the school's support of gay and lesbian students a "shame." That protest is just one of 12 the church has planned in the D.C. area over the next few days.

After Westboro made its intentions known, students at Wilson began planning a peaceful counter-protest, The Washington Post reported. Around 1,000 students volunteered to participate in the silent protest.

Cahall's announcement was also met with support from local politicians, like D.C. Councilmember David Catania, who is openly gay.  

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Running Dry
Coverage of the California drought. Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out