Apple CEO Tim Cook Says He Is Proud To Be Gay

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:

He said that accepting himself has made him empathetic toward "the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day" and has given him "the skin of a rhinoceros," which is certainly necessary when you're the CEO of such a powerful company.

Cook's bravery is not only an example for others who feel they can't publicly embrace their sexuality, but also for anyone struggling with issues of self-acceptance. He shows us that as long as we can accept ourselves for who we are, we can be an inspiration to others. That's a message we can definitely get behind.

You can read Cook's entire essay here.

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