Apple CEO Tim Cook is proud to be gay

So come on, come out. The weather is nice.

In an essay published in Bloomberg Businessweek on Thursday (October 30), Apple CEO Tim Cook made a move that he hopes would inspire people to treat each other better:

 

"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."

 

Cook wrote that he has always been open about his sexuality and feels blessed to work for a company where being different is welcomed. However, he knows that not everyone is as lucky as he is, and in an effort to live by Dr. Martin Luther King’s philosophy, he felt that acknowledging his sexuality in public might make a difference in someone’s life.

 

"So let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me," wrote Cook.

 

To read the essay in full, log on to BusinessWeek.com.

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