Brave D.C. High School Principal Comes Out As Gay At School’s Pride Day Event

Washington D.C.’s Wilson High School Principal Pete Cahall, proudly came out as a gay man to his students and faculty at a school-wide Pride Day event Wednesday, saying he had “hid in the shadows for the last 50 years” but was inspired by his students to finally live openly and honestly.

“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 to the packed crowd.

The Washington Post reports:

Students hugged Cahall after his announcement, and he said he felt relief, “like a ton of bricks lifted.”

“I’ve hid all my life,” Cahall said. “In this community, with these kids, I’d be a big hypocrite if I didn’t speak my truth.”

Westboro Baptist Church, the Kansas-based organization best known for anti-gay picketing at military funerals, announced that it would protest Wilson’s Pride Day, though that protest is scheduled for next week, on Monday. Westboro announced plans to protest at other Washington institutions that the church believes have been too supportive of gay marriage, including the Supreme Court, the White House and Capitol Hill.

“You should be hanging your heads in shame for such a thing,” the church wrote on its Web site.

Nearly 1,000 Wilson students have signed up for a peaceful counter protest.

[H/T: Towleroad]