Tim Cook, the CEO of the world’s most valuable company, Apple, wrote a succinct, poignant essay in Bloomberg Businessweek:
While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me…
…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.
It’s probably too much to think that Tim Cook’s essay will put the LGBT issue to rest once and for all, but it should help. Josh Tyrangiel, the editor of Bloomberg Businessweek, when asked how this news will affect Apple’s business, said that the desire for Apple products will trump any prejudices. iPhone for the win!