Apple CEO Tim Cook came out Thursday,
acknowledging publicly for the first time
that he is gay.
“Let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I
consider being gay among the greatest gifts God
has given me,” he wrote in a column in
In his column, the Apple ( , Tech30 ) chief
said that he had tried to maintain “a basic level
of privacy.” But he said he decided that desire
for privacy was stopping him from working for
the benefit of others.
“I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize
how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of
others,” he said. “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.”
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