Apple boss Tim Cook: I’m proud to be gay

2014-10-30 16:59

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New York – Apple boss Tim Cook has become the highest-profile business chief executive to admit that he is gay.

Making the public declaration in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, Cook says he’s proud to be gay.

Cook said that while he never denied his sexuality, he never publicly acknowledged it, either. The executive said that for years he’s been open with many people about his sexual orientation and that plenty of his Apple colleagues knew he was gay.

Cook wrote in the column, published today, that it wasn’t an easy choice to publicly disclose that he was gay, but that he felt the acknowledgement could help others.

“I’ve come to realise that my desire for personal privacy has been holding me back from doing something more important,” he wrote.

Three days ago, Cook challenged his home state of Alabama to better ensure the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Alabama is among the states that do not recognise same-sex marriage, and it also doesn’t offer legal protection on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Cook is a native of Robertsdale, Alabama, and attended Auburn University.

The announcement is a “huge deal”, said Richard Metheny of executive search firm Witt/Kieffer.

“This really sets the stage for ‘it’s okay’,” he said. “Anything chief executives do is very magnified, very complicated, and it affects a lot of people ... There’s no taking away that he has become a role model and will have a positive influence on many people who would like to be comfortable being out in the world of business.”

“I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” Cook wrote in the essay today.

The executive said that “being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and has provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day”.

Cook said he’s been lucky to work for a company that “loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences”.

Cook (53) succeeded Apple founder Steve Jobs as chief executive of Apple in 2011.

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