I meant to write about Tim Cook’s coming out yesterday, but it got put on the back burner of a very busy kitchen because A) It’s been Silicon Valley’s least-kept non-secret and; B) We’re making great progress from NOBODY CAN BE GAY!!! to Who Cares Who’s Gay? and in short order, too.
But having read his Bloomberg column, I did want to say a couple of things. The first is that of course I disagree with most of his politics. The second is that I wholeheartedly endorse the sentiments he expressed here:
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.
I’ll admit that this wasn’t an easy choice. Privacy remains important to me, and I’d like to hold on to a small amount of it. I’ve made Apple my life’s work, and I will continue to spend virtually all of my waking time focused on being the best CEO I can be. That’s what our employees deserve—and our customers, developers, shareholders, and supplier partners deserve it, too. Part of social progress is understanding that a person is not defined only by one’s sexuality, race, or gender. I’m an engineer, an uncle, a nature lover, a fitness nut, a son of the South, a sports fanatic, and many other things. I hope that people will respect my desire to focus on the things I’m best suited for and the work that brings me joy.
Isn’t that lovely?
And since that’s all there really is to say, I’m going to go back to being ruthlessly unconcerned about who Tim Cook sleeps with. That’s the way Tim wants it, and that’s the way it ought to be.
On the other hand, if he’d like to hear what I have to say about how to fix iTunes and the iOS Music app…