In a column on Businessweek, Tim Cook declared that he is proud to be gay and considers being gay as one of the greatest gifts that god have given him. Until recently, Mr. Cook had not been public about his sexual orientation as he likes to maintain a level of privacy in his personal life. However, he believes that if hearing Apple’s CEO is gay helps other people cope with his/her orientation and struggles, then shedding his privacy is well worth it. Cook suggests that this act lets him know that he is doing his part to help others.
As for Apple, Tim states that his company has been a continuous supporter of human rights and equality, and will continue to do so in the future. Adding to that statement, he boldly affirms that he will continue to advocate for equality until his very death. In his article, however, Tim does expose the dark side of equality by bringing up the discrimination that gay people face. To this effect, Tim comments on the numerous state laws that permit employers to fire employees on the basis of their sexual orientation. Due to such opposition, Tim coldly stated that homosexuals are victims of fear and abuse every day.
Fortunately, Tim Cook received supportive comments from numerous individuals. Virgin Group Founder Richard Branson, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington, and Nike CIO Anthony Watson all expressed their support for Tim on social media. Tim’s article even drew out support from Former President Bill Clinton who stated on Twitter, “From one son of the South and sports fanatic to another, my hat’s off to you,” Cook also received support from his own company. Arthur D. Levinson, chairman of Apple’s Board stated that, “On behalf of the board and our entire company, we are incredibly proud to have Tim leading Apple.” It is heartwarming to see these supportive comments as they serve to empower the LGBT community around the world and allow them to make strides for equality.