Springfield transgender principal honored at LGBTQ flag raising

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Springfield principal was honored Friday afternoon as the LGBTQ flag was raised in the city.

In addition to Dr. O’Connor being honored, Mayor Sarno declared June as LGBTQ Pride Month in Springfield.

This year’s flag raising held a special significance because Chestnut Middle School Principal, Dr. Declan O’Connor, was honored. Dr. O’Connor came out as transgender only three days ago.

“The amount of support, warmth, kindness that has been extended to me from my school community, the city, the empowerment zone has been amazing,” O’Connor said.

Dr. O’Connor also added that there are many people of the LGBTQ community that don’t have the support he does and he had them in his heart as he went through this process.

“Having worked with Dr. O’Connor, he has done a great job. I am very proud of him and thankful for all he and his team have continued to do for our students and their families,” Sarno said. “Dr. O’Connor and team have forged a successful path to our students that they can and will succeed.”

Dr. O’Connor is the first principal in Western Massachusetts to come out as transgender.

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