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Apple's CEO Reminds Us That Coming Out As Gay Is Still Important

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  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    It's been rumored for years now that Apple's CEO Tim Cook, the man that replaced Steve Jobs, is gay. But Cook has been quiet on the issue this whole time, not wanting to be thought of with such a narrowly defining label. For if you are the top person in charge of the most profitable company in America, its easy to understand why you would rather keep your personal life personal, and let your business record speak for itself in public.

    However, he just came out and confirmed all the suspicions. "I'm Proud To Be Gay."

    The argument to simply dismiss this story is an easy and popular one. Who cares? Move on! etc etc. But, just check out the statement he made in regards to that sentiment:

    "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," CEO of Apple, Tim Cook.

    Also,

    "There was a time when I struggled to come to terms with myself; when I felt alone; when I scanned the horizon looking for someone to point the way forward for me. There was a time when the only other gay men I knew were the ones I saw in TV and movies, and they seemed nothing like me. It feels embarrassing to say now that what I wanted back then was a role model — someone confident in himself, powerful, a real leader — to give me permission to be myself. But I very much did." ~ Tim Cook

    I get the argument that someone's sexual orientation shouldn't be headline news, in and of itself. And in a perfect and open and completely accepting society, I'm all for that. Who should care, really, in that scenario? Unfortunately, we are not there, yet. We are getting closer as a collective. But, it's still incredibly hard for gay men and women to feel comfortable enough in their own situation to simply embrace their sexual orientation, and to come out to their friends, family and the world at large. The more that people like Tim Cook set positive examples for those that are struggling, the better. Who knows, maybe after another story or two, we will be able to truly say 'Who cares?'.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    You are absolutely correct. We are close, but we aren't there just yet.

    We will be there when gay people can't get fired for being gay, as is the case in 21 states. We will be there when people don't get attacked while walking down the street with their partner. And we will be there when every state in this country allows an individual to marry the person they love.

    Tim Cook is a role model for countless gay individuals who are still in the closet, but aren't yet ready to come out. The NewYorker wrote a wonderful article about this today and I encourage everyone to read it. The far right lost on this issue. Gay rights are here to stay for millions of our citizens, but we still have a lot of work to do for those in the 21 states who don't have those same rights.
  • Center Left
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    I unfortunately heard about this today from a neighbor. He is not somebody who welcomes free choice. I don't think that he was too troubled though because Apple has made a lot of money for his wife. I asked: "Who cares" ? as it seemed to be nobodies business, nor does the sexual preferences of the other fortune 500 CEO's....... As he said though...... some people do care. To me that's the people with too much time on their hands and too much of their business where it doesn't belong.
    Unfortunately, Ohio is said to be one of the 21 states.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    TJ Wrote: I unfortunately heard about this today from a neighbor. He is not somebody who welcomes free choice. I don't think that he was too troubled though because Apple has made a lot of money for his wife. I asked: "Who cares" ? as it seemed to be nobodies business, nor does the sexual preferences of the other fortune 500 CEO's....... As he said though...... some people do care. To me that's the people with too much time on their hands and too much of their business where it doesn't belong.
    Unfortunately, Ohio is said to be one of the 21 states.
    That's the problem. I will totally accept the 'who cares' mentality when someone can't get fired for being who they are and when someone can marry whoever they are in love with. I honestly don't care if someone is anti-gay. We will always have bigots in this country. I just don't want it to be enshrined into law in any state.