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Apple CEO Out: Emancipation is more important than my privacy

by our Editors in General , 22 december 2014

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Apple's senior official Tim Cook is 'proud to be gay'. He writes so in a contribution to the American magazine Businessweek. It is the first time Mr. Cook publicly spoke about his homosexuality. By doing so, he wants to contribute to the fight for equality.

Tim Cook: "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 also says that: "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."

Tim Cook never spoke about his homosexuality in public for privacy reasons. By now doing so, he hopes to mean something for 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.

I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. Still, there are laws on the books in a majority of states that allow employers to fire people based solely on their sexual orientation. There are many places where landlords can evict tenants for being gay, or where we can be barred from visiting sick partners and sharing in their legacies."

By openly coming out of the closet, Cook wants to make a contribution to the fight for equality: "We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick. This is my brick"
According to Mr. Cook, being gay has given him "a deeper understanding" in what is means to be part of a minority. "It has provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day. It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life. It’s been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple.

Tim Cook (1960) has been Apple's CEO since 2011. He succeeded Steve Jobs. Jobs took Cook on in 1998 at Apple as senior vice president of worldwide operations. Cook was responsible for the outsourcing of the production of Apple products.

Apple Statue Removed Because of Gay CEO

In the Russian Federation, a commemorative monument for Apple founder Steve Jobs has been removed because the current CEO of the company is gay.

Gay Propaganda

A group of companies writes in a statement that the removal of the monument has to do with Russian law. In this controversial law, gay propaganda among minors is illegal. Earlier this year, a politician from St. Petersburg called out for a ban on Tim Cook visiting the Russian Republic. According to the politician, Mr. Cook would bring Ebola, AIDS, and gonorrhoea into the country.


A spokesperson for the campus where the monument is placed stated that the monument is only removed for refurbishment, but this statement seems to contradict the statement made by the Russian companies.



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