- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 5, 2014

A Washington high school principal stunned his students Wednesday when he came out as gay during the school’s LGBT pride event.

Pete Cahall announced to his D.C. students that he is a “proud gay man that just happens to be the principal of [Woodrow] Wilson High School,” before the audience erupted into cheers, a local ABC affiliate reported.

“That was so unexpected,” gay senior Tao Marwell told the station. “I had no idea. I have so much more respect for him now.”

Mr. Cahall made the announcement at the school’s second annual gay pride celebration Wednesday. ABC reported that when he was handed the microphone, he looked overwhelmed and uneasy.

“I have been in the shadows, but I am liberated today,” he told students. “I have not made this declaration before, because I did not want my [students] to think differently, or not respect me.”

Mr. Cahall was reportedly still shaking as students walked up to hug him, the station reported.

“What we have just seen from Principal Cahall is an incredible lesson in integrity and courage,” said D.C. Council member and education committee chair David Catania, a mayoral candidate who is openly gay.

Students at the school plan to hold a counter-protest on Monday, dubbed “Wilson’s Pride Day,” after the infamous Westboro Baptist Church announced it would picket.

“You should be hanging your heads in shame for such a thing,” the church said on its website regarding the gay pride event. “Since your teachers haven’t taught you the basic lesson of why God destroyed Sodom, we’ll help you out.”

Washington’s mayor had some choice words for the planned Westboro protest.

“In my best biblical reference, they can go straight to hell,” Vincent Gray said.

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