Apple's Tim Cook: A Helping Hand

Updated: Dec 11, 2019

Tim Cook was the chosen heir to Apple; moreover he was chosen by the mercurial Steve Jobs and took over as Apple boss back in 2014. At that time, he chose to come out making him the very first openly gay boss of a Fortune 500 company. He said at the time: ‘While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.’

Five years later he’s gone perhaps a little further saying ‘I can only speak for myself, it (being gay) gives me a level of empathy that I think is probably much higher than average because being gay or trans, you’re a minority. And I think when you’re a majority, even though intellectually you can understand what it means to be in a minority, it’s an intellectual thing.’

His reasons for sharing his thinking – in the knowledge that being boss of one of the world’s richest companies gives him serious clout – can be read in this additional comment;

‘Gay is not a limitation. It’s a characteristic that I hope they view, like I do, that it’s God’s greatest gift,’ he said. ‘That’s what I hope: to get that message out there to all the young kids struggling with their identity who aren’t certain that they’re resilient enough or good enough, or [they] are made to feel inferior in some way, or worse, are ostracised or whatever.’



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