On October 30th, 2014, Apple CEO Tim Cook penned an OP-ED where he made history, becoming the biggest Silicon Valley CEO to come out as gay. Mr. Cook would lead then lead Apple to become a fierce advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and a public supporter of the community.
On this year’s National Coming Out Day, we thought we’d share a snippet of Mr. Cook’s letter below.
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.
You can read Mr. Cook’s full letter here.