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High school principal comes out to his students during a Pride Day speech

High school principal comes out to his students during a Pride Day speech

A Washington D.C. high school principal stunned students when he came out as gay during a Pride Day speech. With his hands visibly shaking, Pete Cahall announced that he "hid in the shadows for the last 50 years" and was ready 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.

Cahall said he felt "liberated" about finally coming out because until Wednesday, only his close friends (not even his family) knew about his sexuality. His speech was warmly received by students. "That was so unexpected," said senior Tao Marwell. "I had no idea. I have so much more respect for him now."

Watch the touching speech below. -- Jordan Valinsky