“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.