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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.
"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?'.