WASHINGTON (WNEW) — Mayor Vincent Gray is winding down his time as mayor in the District and says one of the things he’s most proud of is the work that his administration has accomplished within the LGBTQ community.

Speaking at a town hall in Northwest for LGBTQ youth as a part of D.C. Pride Month, the mayor says its an issue he became familiar with as a youth himself. The valedictorian in his class was gay, and Gray says he was not in an era where he could feel comfortable making that known.

“This is probably the most LGBTQ friendly city in America,” Gray says.

Gray didn’t know that Wilson High principal Pete Cahall was going to come out during a pride event at the school two weeks ago until he arrived. Gray says he was as surprised as anyone.

Now he’s hoping as more people in high profile positions join Pete Cahall, the young people in the District will begin to feel more comfortable about themselves.

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WNEW’s Chuck Carroll contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.


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