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Apple CEO Cook comes out: ‘I’m proud to be gay’

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Apple CEO Tim Cook shows off the new iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch during an Apple special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2014 in Cupertino, Calif. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Apple CEO Tim Cook shows off the new iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch during an Apple special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2014 in Cupertino, Calif. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Apple CEO Tim Cook came out Thursday, announcing that he is gay in a column in Bloomberg Businessweek.

“Let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” he wrote.

Cook has not publicly discussed his sexual orientation before now, despite some rumors and speculation that he is gay.

A year ago he announced support for a federal law which would have protected workers from facing discrimination based on their sexual orientation.

“For too long, too many people have had to hide that part of their identity in the workplace,” he wrote at the time.

In his column Thursday, he said that he had tried to maintain “a basic level of privacy.” But he said he decided he decided that desire for privacy was stopping him from working for the benefit of others.

1 Comment

  • Benesse

    Well, good for him. Although saying that he is proud of it and it’s the greatest gifts God has given him is over the top…same way if a hetero made the same pronouncement. This kind of thing makes most people roll their eyes and it diminishes most important thing: the courage it takes to come out and just be.

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