October 30, 2014

Tim Cook

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple (for those of you living under a rock), is gay:

For years, I’ve been open with many people about my sexual orientation. Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me. Of course, I’ve had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences. Not everyone is so lucky.

While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.

Two things:

  1. This is a strong piece. Tim Cook tells it like it is, in his point of view obviously, bit by bit. It means a lot, more to some, no doubt, but still a lot.
  2. Trying to brush this under the carpet, to be flippant about this piece, or say that it shouldn’t be necessary to say these things is belittling the struggle of minorities. There’s no doubt in my mind that these things need to be said, over and over again, eapecially by celebrities and powerful people like Mr. Cook.

Publishing this shows great integrity. It’s not chance that this is the man that gets to lead Apple. Well done.

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