Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Apple CEO Comes Out

On the morning of October 30, Bloomberg Businessweek published an Opening Remarks piece titled, "Tim Cook Speaks Up." The essay is written by Tim Cook, and provides readers with a stunning and extremely honest look at the life of Apple's CEO. 

The piece delves into Cook's thoughts regarding civil equality. He candidly comes out of the closet publicly, stating, "Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day." 

The essay also describes Cook's motivations to help others with his public coming out. He wrote, "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." 

The president of the Human Rights Campaign, Chad Griffin, applauded the essay, stating that "Tim Cook is proof that LGBT young people can dream as big as their minds will allow them to." The Apple CEO's decision to come out certainly seems to be unprecedented. In an accompanying Bloomberg TV video about the editorial process, Businessweek editor Josh Tyrangiel explains that he knows of no other Fortune 500 CEO who has come out of the closet. 

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