Following years of rumours and speculations, Apple CEO Tim Cook, today in a column in Bloomberg Businessweek, announced that he is gay.
“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,” Cook wrote.
“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 comes days after Cook, who grew up in Robertsdale, criticized the state of Alabama for being slow to grant equality to minorities and the poor.
Cook made the comments as he was inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor.
“As a state, we took too long to steps toward equality,” he said. “We were too slow on equality for African-Americans. We were too slow on interracial marriage, and we are still too slow for the equality for the LGBT community,” said during the induction ceremony.
In the state of Alabama, a person can still be fired based on their sexual orientation, Cook remarked in that speech.
In today’s column, Cook said while does not consider himself an activist “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.”