Apple chief executive Tim Cook has publicly
acknowledged his sexuality, saying that he is
“proud to be gay”.
Mr Cook made his announcement to try to help
people struggling with their identity, he wrote in a
Bloomberg Businessweek article .
He has been open about his sexuality, but has also
tried to maintain a basic level of privacy until now,
This week Mr Cook challenged his home state of
Alabama to ensure the rights of gay and
“While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t
publicly acknowledged it either, until now,” he wrote.
“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 added.
He said he didn’t consider himself an activist, but
that he realised he had “benefited from the sacrifice
“So if hearing that the CEO [chief executive] 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,” he added.
Mr Cook said that he had been open about his
sexuality with many people, including colleagues at
Apple, but that it still “wasn’t an easy choice” to
publicly announce his sexual orientation.
He quoted civil rights campaigner Martin Luther
King, saying: “Life’s most persistent and urgent
question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ”