Apple's CEO Tim Cook publicly came out in an article for Bloomberg Businessweek today, making him the highest-profile executive of a public company to be openly gay.
Until today, Cook, 53, had never spoken publicly about his sexuality. He said his need for privacy was less important than helping others, a decision he claimed was inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr.
"So let me be clear," he said. "I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."
Cook had been open with his colleagues and those in his private life, but he wanted to make a public statement in order to show his support for others struggling to come out. He acknowledged the fact that he works at a company that embraces peoples' differences and has long advocated for human rights — and that many other people aren't so lucky.
Here's more from his article: