Quoted: Tim Cook comes out, says he’s ‘proud to be gay’

“If hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy.”

Tim Cook, Apple CEO, in an essay on Businessweek.com, acknowledges publicly for the first time that he is gay. “I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” he wrote, adding that he thinks “being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day… It’s also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple.”

There has been talk and speculation about Cook’s sexual orientation over the years. In June, CNBC’s “Squawk On The Street” anchor Simon Hobbs blurted out on TV: “I think Tim Cook is fairly open about the fact that he is gay at the head of Apple, isn’t he?” as the other hosts and guests fell silent for a few seconds. Apple did not comment at the time, but Cook in today’s essay says, “for years, I’ve been open with many people about my sexual orientation. Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay.”

Cook wrote that coming out publicly wasn’t an easy decision, but: “The company I am so fortunate to lead has long advocated for human rights and equality for all… We’ll continue to fight for our values, and I believe that any CEO of this incredible company, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation, would do the same. And I will personally continue to advocate for equality for all people until my toes point up.”

This week, he criticized his home state of Alabama for being “too slow for the equality for the LGBT community.”

Bloomberg Businessweek editor Josh Tyrangiel said on Bloomberg Television this morning that Cook approached him about the essay. “We had a conversation and he had something written. It was crisp and clear and frankly I hope he is available for more assignments going forward.”


Photo of Tim Cook from Getty Images archives


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  • RegularGuy

    Tim? We don’t care.