In an op-ed In BloombergBusinessweek Thursday morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed rumors of his sexual orientation by announcing, “I’m proud to be gay.”
“For years, I’ve been open with many people about my sexual orientation,” Cook writes. “Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me. Of course, I’ve had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences. Not everyone is so lucky.”
Cook claims that the decision to come out was not easy, but explained, “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.”
CNN notes that there are currently no other publicly gay CEO’s at the 700 largest corporations.