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Wilson High School Principal Comes Out on Pride Day


Pete Cahall, principal of Woodrow Wilson High School (photo courtesy of Wilson High School’s official website).

“You know, what I kept thinking is: how can I be the principal of Wilson High School, and oversee a Pride Day, and tell kids to be themselves and be who you are, and me not do that? It’s hypocritical.” 

Pete Cahall, principal of Woodrow Wilson High School in Northwest D.C., in an interview with local ABC affiliate WJLA after coming out in a speech given during Wilson’s LGBTQ Pride Day celebration. Today’s event marks the second year in a row that Wilson has held the Pride Day, which prompted the vehemently anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church to call for a picket outside the school on June 9. In response, Wilson students have begun organizing their own counter-protest for the same day.  

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