In his own words from the article he wrote for Bloomberg this morning:
Throughout my professional life, I’ve tried to maintain a basic level of privacy. I come from humble roots, and I don’t seek to draw attention to myself. Apple is already one of the most closely watched companies in the world, and I like keeping the focus on our products and the incredible things our customers achieve with them.
At the same time, I believe deeply in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, who said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’â€‰” I often challenge myself with that question, and I’ve come to realize that my desire for personal privacy has been holding me back from doing something more important. That’s what has led me to today.
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.
While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.
Read the rest of the entry HERE.
Obviously this is another winning move from Apple; having the CEO of one of the biggest companies in the world come out as gay is always gonna be a positive move.
But is it still a big deal to come out as gay in 2014? Looks like it — over in the States one NFL player came out as gay back in February and it rocked everyone’s world. Similarly over here in the UK, if it wasn’t such a big deal you can bet we’d have plenty more openly gay footballers, for example. So yeah, big up Apple CEO Tim Cook for bravely coming out and hopefully making it a little bit easier for the next person.
Hopefully we’ll be seeing less of these homophobic bozos around if this keeps happening.