What is remarkable about Washington, D.C., principal Pete Cahall's decision to come out as gay is what didn't happen. In the past, there would have been an uproar, but this time there was an overall acceptance of the educator's sexual orientation.
But students who heard the announcement also were openly supportive, unsurprising perhaps given polls showing that the majority of Americans have said they support athletes who announce they are gay and that they support same-sex marriage.
"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," said the educator, who was flanked by Mayor Vincent C. Gray and David Catania, the district’s first openly gay council member.
Students greeted Cahall's announcement with a loud, long cheer, according to the Washington Post.
Tao Marwell, a 17-year-old senior, said, "I have so much respect for him to be able to do that. It's a very brave thing to do."
"There is nothing worse than walking around having to hide who you are," Gray said.