Apple CEO Tim Cook is ‘Proud To Be Gay’

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Tim Cook has publicly come out.

In a piece written for Bloomberg Businessweek (published Thursday Oct. 30), the 53-year-old Apple CEO opens up about his sexual orientation.

He writes:

“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.”

The announcement should not come as a surprise to say, CNBC anchor Simon Hobbs, who during a June broadcast accidently said that CEO was open about being gay.

According to Cook in Businessweek, the announcement also shouldn’t come as a surprise to his Apple colleagues, who’ve known about his sexual orientation “for years.”

“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.”

Cook, who quotes Dr. Martin Luther King in the piece and considers Robert F. Kennedy as inspiration, says he hopes his announcement can serve to help others in a smilier position.

“So 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.”

Cook succeeded the CEO post from Steve Jobs in 2011.

Read the entire essay here.

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