The current CEO of Apple inc, famous for its iPhones and touch technologies, has told Bloomberg Business Week that being gay has given him an opportunity to understand the challenges that people in other minorities face every day. It has helped him to live a life full of empathy, which has led to a richer life. “It’s been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry. It’s also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple.” He said.
Speaking about the word “gay”, he has mentioned that it has changed so much since when he was a little boy. America didn’t disappoint, it has also changed the way it perceives the world. Today, America is passing laws across the states that equalize marriage, and one should mention that stars, political figures, and other public figures that have come out lionhearted have helped to alter the way people’s perceptions of gays and made the culture more tolerant. Cook also mentioned that just people are still fired, others evicted from their apartments, denied visiting visitors just because there are laws on the books in a majority of states that allow doing so based on their sexual orientation.
Team cook said, ‘“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.”’
While things seem to take a whole new level in the United States, let’s not forget that closer to home, in Uganda, a law against gay rights was signed by his excellence President Museveni a year ago. Few will deny that this has something to do with the culture, but if you look back it never was easy in the United States too. Cook admits that this wasn’t an easy choice especially because privacy remains important to him. He is emphasized that this won’t stop him from striving to become the best CEO he can be. He also gave credit to social progress that now understands that a person is not defined only by one’s sexuality, race, or gender.
“I’m an engineer, an uncle, a nature lover, a fitness nut, a son of the South, a sports fanatic, and many other things.” He said.
He hopes that people will continue to respect his desire to focus on things that interest him the most. Apple has long advocated for human rights and equality for all and that includes gay rights. Apple has strongly supported the workplace equality bill before Congress and has done so for marriage equality in the state of California.