Apple CEO Comes Out to Public

by Simon McMurchie '15

Tim Cook, CEO and longtime employee of Apple. (Photo: New York Times)

Tim Cook, CEO and longtime employee of Apple. (Photo: New York Times)

Tim Cook, who has been the chief executive officer of Apple since his appointment in 2011, penned an essay in Bloomberg and spoke at a press conference on October 30, opening up about his homosexuality for the first time to the general public.

Though he has never hid his sexuality from others, Cook has also never made efforts to promote the fact, nor renounce the rumors. In the Bloomberg piece, he wrote that, “I come from humble roots, and I don’t seek to draw attention to myself.” He added that he felt very lucky to have been in an environment at Apple (and in San Francisco) that felt little need to make an issue either way about his sexuality.

Still, he acknowledged the benefits of coming out to an American culture that has made much advancement in the name of equality but is still lacking when it comes to prominent gay leaders. Additionally, he understood that his coming out publicly could serve, if not as an inspiration, at least a show that while there are many difficult barriers for minorities like members of the LGBT community, there’s reason for hope.

As Cook puts it, “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.”