A 17-year old is to become the first openly gay head boy of a top British public school. This is from the Sunday Times…
Will Emery, the son of a banker, was “overwhelmingly” voted in by more than 1,000 pupils and staff at Brighton College, where boarding fees start from £27,000 a year.
This weekend Emery used his new position, which begins next term, to criticise state schools and academies that have been accused of implementing policies that forbid teachers to “promote” or discuss homosexuality.
Richard Cairns, the headmaster of Brighton College, said those aged between 13 and 18 regarded sexuality as a “so-what” issue, although he conceded it was “very unusual” for a private school to appoint a gay head boy. “When I announced that Will would be the next head of school, there was a huge round of applause,” he said.
“He was a very popular choice — the rugby players voted for him along with many others — but I bet if I wrote to the old boys and said our head boy was openly gay, some of them would think it was very strange indeed.”
Emery, who came out to his friends and family when he was 14, said: “I don’t think my sexuality had any impact on my being chosen, but in other periods, when people had to hide their sexuality, it could have been a different story.”
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