Apple CEO, Tim Cook has revealed that being gay is God’s greatest gift to him.
During an exclusive interview with Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday on CNN International and PBS, Tim Cook said;
“I’m very proud of it.Being gay is “God’s greatest gift to me”, he said. Cook said he chose to come out publicly after receiving letters from children who were “going through being bullied, being pushed out of their homes, very close to suicide”.
“My strong view is that everyone should be treated with respect… I was public because I started to receive stories from kids who read online that I was gay,”
According to Tim Cook who acknowledged that he is a very private person, he was being “selfish” by keeping quiet about his identity when he could help people by coming out. He further maintained that coming out as gay has given him empathy towards those not in the majority, and has also helped him as a leader.
“I needed to do something for them,” and to demonstrate to gay children that they “can be gay and still go on and do some big jobs in life”
“I learned what it was like to be a minority,” Cook told CNN. “The feeling of being in a minority gives you a level of empathy for other people who are not in the majority.”
Steering away from controversy, Cook avoided answering interviewer Christiane Amanpour’s question about the level of tolerance for gay people in his Silicon Valley-based industry. Amanpour said that Cook was “quite brave,” to come out as a CEO “especially in Silicon Valley,” indicating that the environment in the tech capital dominated by progressivism is perhaps toxic for gays.
It may be recalled that the Apple CEO made precisely the same declaration exactly four years ago, when he penned a ‘coming out’ article for Bloomberg Technology on October 30, 2014, saying:
So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.
Here is a video of the interview;