Apple CEO Tim Cook Comes Out As Gay In Businessweek Opinion Piece
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has said that he is “proud to be gay”.
He made the statement in a Busineesweek opinion piece in which he spoke about his life, sexuality and equality.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly acknowledged his sexuality for the first time, saying he hopes his openness will help those who are struggling with their own sexuality.
Writing for Bloomberg Businessweek, Cook said that his desire for privacy meant that speaking openly about his sexual orientation “wasn’t an easy choice”, but he hopes that in coming out, he can help “bring comfort to anyone who feels alone”.
“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.”
Cook said that he feels being gay has made him “more empathetic”, although it has been “tough and uncomfortable at times”.
He continued by saying that he hopes his privacy will continue to be respected, appealing for the public to “respect my desire to focus on the things I’m best suited for and the work that brings me joy”.
While it may be the first time he has publicly confirmed his sexuality, he has repeatedly been shown to support LGBT rights.
In July, Cook greeted 5,000 employees before they marched in San Francisco’s Pride parade.
A month earlier, he supported the White House’s decision to ban LGBTI discrimination at federal contractors, calling it a ‘matter of basic human dignity’.