Finally, for the very first time, Apple CEO Tim Cook reveals publicly that he’s gay, and he’s proud of it. “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now,” Tim Cook writes. “So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.” He also claims his colleagues at Apple know he’s gay, yet he wasn’t treated any different from others.
In actual fact, Tim Cook considers being gay makes him tougher. He also thinks being gay makes him understand what it means to be in the minority. Although it could be tough and uncomfortable at certain times, being gay gives him the confidence to be his own self. And as the CEO of the most valuable company in the world, it also makes him a tough person.
In an essay in Businessweek, Tim Cook reveals that although America is moving toward marriage equality, there are laws on the books in a majority of states that allow employers to fire people based solely on their sexual orientation. There are many places where landlords can evict tenants for being gay, or where gays can be barred from visiting sick partners and sharing in their legacies – Tim Cook wrote.
Tim might be humble to admit he’s no activist, but the fact that he’s CEO of Apple Inc. and openly admits now that he’s gay could inspire other gays that they’re not alone. While it wasn’t an easy choice for him to unveils the only little privacy he had, he has finally done it. He further wrote that he will continue to spend all his time on being the best CEO he can be – indirectly hinted he’s not going to jump ship but remains with Apple, for the rest of his life.
He hopes people will respect his desire to focus on his skills instead of his sex preference, as he went the extra mile to explain that a person is not defined only by one’s sexuality, race, or gender. He wrote how fortunate he is to be able to lead a company that has long advocated for human rights and equality for all – obviously referring to Apple Inc. Curiously, he didn’t write if his previous boss, Steve Jobs, knew about him being gay, not that it matters though.
He admires Dr. King and Robert F. Kennedy, as he wrote how both personalities’ framed photos greet him every morning in his office. Tim Cook also believes deeply in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King – “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ” Well, good for him to have the courage to finally admit his sex preference. Hmm, on a second thought, would some Muslims fanatics such as Malaysian government issues any boycott calls on Apple products, considering how much they hate gays and lesbians?
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