Apple’s CEO Tim Cook publicly came out as gay on Thursday in an essay for Businessweek.
Writing in Businessweek, Cook said the following:
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 goes on to say:
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. 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.
Businessweek editor Josh Tyrangiel explained in an interview today what prompted Tim Cook to come out.