Apple CEO Tim Cook Comes Out As Gay

Apple CEO Tim Cook came out publicly in an essay published this morning in Businessweek. In the essay he writes:

Tim CookFor years, I’ve been open with many people about my sexual orientation. Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me. Of course, I’ve had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences. Not everyone is so lucky.

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.

The announcement came a few days after Cook publicly chastised him hometown state of Alabama for moving too slow on marriage equality.

To read his entire essay, go here.