Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Apple CEO Declares His Sexuality at Open Forum He Hopes to Help Others Come Forward

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Apple CEO Declares His Sexuality at Open Forum He Hopes to Help Others Come Forward

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CUPERTINO, Calif. - Apple CEO Tim Cook discussed his sexuality in an open forum for the first time Thursday, breaking a major barrier as the most prominent American CEO to publicly identify as gay.

In an essay published online Thursday morning by Bloomberg Businessweek, Mr. Cook called for human rights and equality, writing that he valued his privacy but hoped that he could help others by coming forward.

"While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven't publicly acknowledged it either, until now," he wrote. "So let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."

Mr. Cook wrote that many people at Apple are aware of his sexual orientation and do not appear to have treated him any differently because of it. He said he is proud to work for such a tolerant company and will continue to push for equality.

"We'll continue to fight for our values, and I believe that any CEO of this incredible company, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation, would do the same," he wrote. "And I will personally continue to advocate for equality for all people until my toes point up."

Mr. Cook has advocated for equality before, pushing his home state to do more to support gay rights in a speech this week at his induction to the Alabama Academy of Honor. He also marched alongside more than 4,000 fellow Apple employees in the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade earlier this year.

Mr. Cook succeeded Apple founder Steve Jobs as CEO of the Cupertino-based tech giant three years ago, having served as the company's chief operating officer. …

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