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Tim Cook out of the closet with pride and activism
(Blogmensgo, gay blog 30 October 2014) "I am proud to be gay and I consider being gay as one of the greatest gifts that God has given me. "It is in these terms that Tim Cook, Apple's boss since 2011, made his coming out two days before his fifty-fourth birthday.
Below, an analysis by Bloomberg Businessweek how Tim Cook made his homosexuality public. The Board of Directors of Apple has been informed and fully supported the decision by Tim Cook.
Apple's CEO came out of the closet by signing a forum October 30, 2014 in Businessweek. By selecting this American business weekly, Tim Cook speaks both as gay and as Apple CEO.
His homosexuality was an open secret. "Many colleagues at Apple know that I'm gay, and it seems to make no difference in the way they treat me. "But he did not deny his sexual orientation, he had never publicly acknowledged.
So why come out of the closet and why did you do now? Because the need to do useful work for the community prevails today on the desire to preserve his privacy, recognizes Tim Cook. This fierce determination to preserve even had "prevented from doing something more important" than life in a closet.
Tim Cook admits he has "benefited from the sacrifice of others" to become what it is today, even if being gay was not always easy to bear. He now wants to offer what others have given him.
"So if the fact to hear that the Apple boss is gay can help someone to accept or comfort someone who feels isolated or inspire people to assert their equality, then it is well worth a small arrangement with my own privacy. "
Tim Cook speaks persistent cases of discrimination based on sexual orientation "in a majority of states." Discrimination in employment, housing, administrative or inheritance rights.
He writes of a more implicit than explicit: it is against all such discrimination and prejudice he will stand. Tim Cook is not only out of the closet, but it became at the same time a gay activist.
Comment: The hardest thing for Tim Cook will be the choice of the Gay Pride ... where - hopefully - it will scroll to the first time.
The natural choice would be San Francisco, not far from Apple's headquarters.
In native of Alabama, a Gay Pride in the Deep South - where homophobia is still alive despite recent advances - would be a more militant choice.
This article has been translated from our French blog, to view the original, click here.
Philca & Matt / MensGo
(via all the press October 30, 2014)