Apple CEO Tim Cook became the first CEO of a major company four years ago to come out as gay. He says he's happy about his decision and about his being gay.
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Cook came out on October 30, 2014. His sexual orientation had been widely speculated upon but he hadn’t confirmed it openly.
He said he came out to morally support children who had written to him, describing the discrimination and bullying they had faced because of their sexuality.
39I was public because I started to receive stories from kids who read online that I was gay
55I needed to do something for them
Cook said he was shocked to learn he was the first CEO of a Fortune 500 company to come out. He said he is glad other CEOs have come out since, although wasn't his goal was not to set an precedent.
Coming out has been helpful to Cook as a leader, he said.
78I learned what it was like to be a minority
Discriminatory comments have also given him a thick skin, Cook said.
94That turns out to be pretty beneficial from this role as well.95
He asked a peremptory question near the end of the interview: “If one day somebody could declare everyone treat everyone with dignity and respect, the world would be totally different. Wouldn’t that be great?”