Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, just came out as gay in a moving essay he penned for Bloomberg Businessweek. Cook writes that while he has never publicly discussed his sexuality before, he felt now was the right time because he realized doing so could help others:
I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So 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.
“I’ll admit that this wasn’t an easy choice,” adds Cook. “Privacy remains important to me, and I’d like to hold on to a small amount of it.”
The piece is raw and honest, and well worth a read. We were taken aback by how humble Cook — one of the most powerful people in business — seemed. The essay is not grandstanding. It’s simply Cook explaining who he is, for whatever it is worth.
“We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick,” Cook writes. “This is my brick.”
Update (3:22 pm):
Below Josh Tyrangiel, Businessweek’s editor, discusses the essay’s backstory. “We had a conversation and he had something written,” explained Tyrangiel. “It was crisp and clear and frankly I hope he is available for more assignments going forward. He was very easy to work with on this.”