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Inspired By His Students, Principal Comes Out At High School Pride Event

“I have hid in the shadows, but I am liberated today," Principal Pete Cahall said during an LGBT pride event at Wilson High School in Washington D.C.

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During a speech before students assembled at Wilson High School's second annual Pride Day event Wednesday, Principle Pete Cahall came out as gay — an announcement that was met by a huge, emotional applause, The Washington Post reports.

Cahall thanked his students for inspiring him to come out. "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. Mayor Vincent Gray and City Council member David Catania stood beside Cahall during the event.

Both Gray, left, and Catania, right, stood at Cahall's side during the speech.

Happy to stand with Principal Cahall as he comes out in front of his students at @Wilsonhsdcps

David Catania@DavidCataniaDC

Happy to stand with Principal Cahall as he comes out in front of his students at @Wilsonhsdcps

11:40 AM - 04 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Students assembled at the event cheered Cahall's announcement, some of them hugging him, according to the paper.

#WilsonPride going strong. @dcpublicschools @Wilsonhsdcps @GLBTAffairsDC

Vincent C. Gray@mayorvincegray

#WilsonPride going strong. @dcpublicschools @Wilsonhsdcps @GLBTAffairsDC

11:32 AM - 04 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Gray and Catania also congratulated Cahall on Twitter, saying he is proud of Cahall and that "he has my full support."

Congratulating Principal Cahall at @Wilsonhsdcps about his remarkable announcement today.

David Catania@DavidCataniaDC

Congratulating Principal Cahall at @Wilsonhsdcps about his remarkable announcement today.

12:04 PM - 04 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And students in the school's GSA applauded Cahall.

Congrats Principal Cahall for coming out as a gay man! We are so proud of you! #tigers4love #tigerpride #pride

Wilson GSA-DC@WilsonGSA_DC

Congrats Principal Cahall for coming out as a gay man! We are so proud of you!🌈 #tigers4love #tigerpride #pride

12:28 PM - 04 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"I have hid in the shadows, but I am liberated today to be me and let myself be me without fear, retaliation or consequence. I feel safe and want all of my students and staff to be and feel safe," Cahall said.

Wilson Principal Pete Cahall comes out as gay to his students at Pride Day. Emotional moment and huge cheers.

emma brown@emmersbrown

Wilson Principal Pete Cahall comes out as gay to his students at Pride Day. Emotional moment and huge cheers.

11:42 AM - 04 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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