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Apple's CEO Tim Cook Comes Out as Gay in Powerful Essay

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has written a powerful essay for Business Week where he comes out as gay after much media speculation as to his personal life.

“I’ve come to realize that my desire for personal privacy has been holding me back from doing something more important. That’s what has led me to today,” the 53-year-old exec wrote. “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.”

“Countless people, particularly kids, face fear and abuse every day because of their sexual orientation,” Tim continued, “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.”

Read the entirety of his essay over on Business Week.

Apple's Tim Cook Attends Pride Event After Being Outed as Gay

Apple CEO Tim Cook poses with one of his employees while attending the 2014 San Francisco Pride Parade on Sunday (June 29) in San Francisco, Calif.

The 53-year-old businessman was accidentally outed as a gay man by CNBC host Simon Hobbs just two days prior during a panel discussion about the lack of openly gay CEOs in large companies.

While Tim has widely been reported to be gay, he has never formally come out or spoken directly about his sexual orientation in public.

At the pride parade, thousands of Apple employees wore specifically designed pride shirts and handed out iTunes gift cards for a free song download. How cool!


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