Tim Cook: “I’m Proud To Be Gay,” And Helping Others Is Worth Trading Personal Privacy

Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Businessweek with an essay he penned himself acknowledging that he is gay, saying that despite valuing personal privacy, he has decided to openly state his sexual preference in order to hopefully help others who might be struggling with their own identity, or with discrimination based on their sexual orientation.

I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. 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.

Cook’s sexuality is no one’s business but his own, and isn’t newsworthy in and of itself. But his decision to take a very public stance and articulate his own thoughts on the record definitely is, as it reflects his continued commitment to social justice, and a strength of character that is truly inspiring.

Read the full post over at Businessweek, and hopefully start your morning inspired.