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In a letter published by Bloomberg Businessweek Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledged publically that he is gay. Looking back on past panels gone off script and rather underhanded speculation by particular websites known for gossip Cook’s sexuality was alluded to but mostly unknown until now.

The importance of this public statement by Tim Cook is that for the first time a Fortune 500 CEO, while still acting as chief executive, has admitted to being gay. Three days before the letter in Bloomberg was published Tim Cook was advocating LGBT rights in his home state of Alabama. The Southern state currently does not recognize same-sex marriage and lacks policy protections for sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination.

“The world has changed so much since I was a kid. America is moving toward marriage equality, and the public figures who have bravely come out have helped change perceptions and made our culture more tolerant. Still, there are laws on the books in a majority of states that allow employers to fire people based solely on their sexual orientation. There are many places where landlords can evict tenants for being gay, or where we can be barred from visiting sick partners and sharing in their legacies. Countless people, particularly kids, face fear and abuse every day because of their sexual orientation.”

Tim Cook says in the letter that despite being a very private person his decision to go public with this part of his life was done so on the basis that it might be able to help someone struggling with his or her identity and any possible discrimination.

“I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. 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.”

According to many technology and business pundits Apple is one of the most monitored companies in the industry. It serves as a key Fortune 500 company with the Apple brand remaining extraordinarily popular and relevant in the mainstream of tech devices. Some pundits have already speculated that this public admission may harm Apple, as a multinational corporation, in certain countries that have negative views of LGBT individuals. Others consider Apple too large in scale to be hindered merely by the chief executive of the company publically admitting to being gay.

Thomas Nelson

Born in Niagara Falls, the northeast edge of the rust belt, amateur author and audiophile Thomas Nelson has exhausted almost two decades as an elitist PC gamer. His interests include history, ideology, philosophy, politics and spending an obscene amount of time staring at a computer screen. He has a degree in broadcasting and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree at Buffalo State University in political science. Thomas is currently writing for TechRaptor, a video game and tech publication.

  • Wonderful! Marvellous! Actually to be honest I truly do not give a damn.

    It might be because it has nothing to do with his job. People can announce what they do with their genitalia all they want, just do not expect me act as if this is something I need celebrate. He can shag goats for all I care, just please, make iTunes better than the steaming pile of poop it became in version 12.

    Should homosexuals be given grief? No. Now that we have settled that, please just STFU and run the company like a good little capitalist.

  • Alex

    Apple CEO Tim Cook proud to be gay. Samsung said to be working on larger, cheaper Gay.

  • Zanard Bell

    Of course he’s gay. He works in a fruit company…

    I’m going to hell for this joke.

  • Best quote I have seen so far: “Any CEO who thinks his sexuality is the greatest gift god has given him, is not keeping his eye on the balls I want him to.”

  • 33

    I disagree. If he had gone Welsh, he would most definitely get fired, get arrested for animal cruelty (and whatever other American laws that would come under) and PETA would have a field day.

    Otherwise you are right. This is as important as knowing whether or not a CEO of a company has an allergy to peanut butter.

  • Why should PETA care, unless he was eating it… oh… ok… maybe I shouldn’t go there.

  • 33

    What sort of crazy person eats their goat date?

  • Don’t be so judgemental 😛

  • Hey just enjoy your ifruit app on your way over there lol!

  • epy

    Good for him. Annoys me this makes the headlines. Nobody should give a damn about other people’s sexuality.

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  • Saturnrules

    Who gives a fuck?

  • BottledWater

    It irks me that so many company leaders have to come out and show their liberal card. I don’t care that Tim Cook or others are gay but it annoys me how political correctness is almost a cost of doing business these days.