Apple CEO Tim Cook dropped some mega wisdom about coming out

Tuesday night, Apple CEO Tim Cook stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to talk about his decision to announce publicly that he’s gay. Last October, Cook published an op-ed at Bloomberg in which he came out. He wrote: “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.”

Last night Colbert asked Cook what inspired him to make the announcement at that particular moment.

“It became so clear to me that kids were getting bullied in school, kids were getting discriminated against, kids were even being [disowned] by their own parents,” Cook told him. “I needed to do something.”

In his op-ed, Cooke addressed more in-depth what he sees as the possible impact of his coming out:

“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.”

We’re sure his announcement has made a big difference for a lot of people! And we loved seeing the debrief he and Colbert had about it last night.

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