Just three days after I praised Tim Cook for speaking out against LGBT discrimination in Alabama, the Apple CEO has come out of the closet. It’s not a surprise — people have been talking about it for years, and Cook was featured on last year’s Out Power List.
In his column for Bloomberg Businessweek, Cook writes:
When I arrive in my office each morning, I’m greeted by framed photos of Dr. King and Robert F. Kennedy. I don’t pretend that writing this puts me in their league. All it does is allow me to look at those pictures and know that I’m doing my part, however small, to help others. We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick. This is my brick.
When I was growing up, there were no LGBT role models — certainly none in the world of business. Today, LGBT youth have a lot of people to look up to. And, as of today, there’s one more role model out there to inspire us all (footnote 1).
1. In response to Cook’s coming out, Texas Republican
asshole Senator Ted Cruz said Cook’s sexual orientation was a personal choice. That’s why we need heroes like Cook to come out — to expose the bigots and sweep them into the ash heap of history.