Tim Cook has come out as gay in a rare move for the CEO of a top company in the US. Cook made the announcement in a piece written for Bloomberg.
"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," he wrote.
The Apple chief said he decided to openly and publically state his sexuality an effort to help others.
"I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realise how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others," he said.
"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."
Cook said that being gay had helped him become a better person and a better business leader by making him immune to attack on himself or his role at Apple.
"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. It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life," he said.
"It’s been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry. It’s also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple."
Cook's decision to state his homosexuality so openly is notable because of its rarity in the upper echelons of major companies, especially in the US where many parts of the country have a Conservative attitude to the subject.
The issue of homosexuality in the tech community also hit the headlines earlier this year when Mozilla appointed Brendan Eich as CEO only to remove him after the furore caused by revelations that he had supported an anti-same sex marriage bill.
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