Tim Cook speaks up. The CEO of Apple has publicly confessed that he is proud to be gay.
The successful CEO tells us that throughout his professional life, he has tried to maintain a basic level of privacy. As he comes from a humble background he does not want to attract attention to himself. Apple, he expressed is one of the most closely watched companies of the world and he likes to keep the focus on its products and the incredible things its customers achieve with them.
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Mr. Cook expressed his admiration of Dr. Martin Luther King and expressed that he deeply believed in his words “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ” He often challenges himself with this question and this is what has led him to realize that his desire for privacy has held him back from doing something important. This is what he is going to do today he stated.
He explained that for years he has been open with people regarding his sexual orientation. Many colleagues at Apple know that he is gay but that does not change the way they treat him. Cook is glad to work for a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows that a company or a human being can only flourish when you accept people’s differences. Everyone is not lucky like me and do face problems at their place of work.
He expressed that he never denied being a gay but never acknowledged it publicly either. So Tim Cook today openly acknowledged that he is gay and considers this as one of god’s greatest gift to him.
He is happy to be gay has it has given him a deeper understanding of what means to be in the minority and provided a platform to deal with the challenges people in other minority groups deal with. It’s made me more compassionate and helped me lead a richer life. He admitted it has been difficult at times but it has given him the strength and confidence to be what he is and follow his own path.
Mr. Cook explained that America and the world have changed a lot since he was a kid. Today’s society is moving towards marriage equality and the public figures have helped change perceptions and made this culture more acceptable.
However there still are some states that allow employers to fire people based on their sexual preferences and there are many places where landlords can evict tenants because they are gay. He was deeply concerned about the kids who are abused every day because of their sexual orientation.
Mr. Cook admits that this was not an easy choice as privacy still remains important to him. He stated that he has made Apple his life’s work and will continue to do so. People should accept each other and respect my desires and the things I am best suited for.
Apple CEO Tim Cook for this: "Let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."— Dan Wootton (@danwootton) October 30, 2014
Apple which I am very lucky to work for has always advocated for human rights and equality for all. He also told us that Apple supported a workplace equality bill before Congress. Apple also spoke against the legislature passed by Arizona State’s legislature targeting the gay community.
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Tim Cook then expressed that every day in his office he is greeted by framed pictures of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy. He stated that by telling all this I won’t become a part of their league but it will give me satisfaction when I look that pictures as I know that I am doing my part, however small, to help others. In the end Mr. Cook expressed a wonderful thought, that everyone paves the path toward justice together.