Tim Cook: "I'm proud to be gay."

Tim Cook, in an editorial on Bloomberg Businessweek:

Throughout my professional life, I’ve tried to maintain a basic level of privacy. I come from humble roots, and I don’t seek to draw attention to myself. Apple is already one of the most closely watched companies in the world, and I like keeping the focus on our products and the incredible things our customers achieve with them.

At the same time, I believe deeply in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, who said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ” I often challenge myself with that question, and I’ve come to realize that my desire for personal privacy has been holding me back from doing something more important. That’s what has led me to today.

For years, I’ve been open with many people about my sexual orientation. Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me. Of course, I’ve had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences. Not everyone is so lucky.

This piece makes me so happy. I have nothing but the utmost respect for Tim, who has long been an advocate for equality, as has Apple. I hope they continue to make great strides toward equality in the workplace and in everyday life. His closing lines make me feel like he's prepared to do just that:

We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick. This is my brick.