Apple CEO Tim Cook is a very private person. You might think keeping some level of privacy would be difficult as CEO of one of the most popular companies in the world, yet he has managed. There have been rumors and rumblings regarding Mr. Cook’s sexual orientation, and today he published an open letter on Businessweek announcing that he is, in fact, gay.
In his letter, Mr. Cook states that while he’s never purposefully hidden his personal preferences, he’s never publicly announced them either:
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.
Mr. Cook also notes that he hopes his announcement will help others feel more comfortable about themselves, and hopefully help fuel understanding and acceptance, and foster equality:
I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. 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.
While it took a great deal of courage to open up publicly about his sexual preferences, it is my hope that Tim Cook is not treated or approached any differently today than he was yesterday. The world has made great strides when it comes to tolerance and equality, and hopefully Mr. Cook can help push that needle even farther towards acceptance. You can read the entire letter at the source link below.