Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out as Gay and Proud, So Now You Can Love Your iPhone Even More

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The company may be evil, the iPhone 6 may bend, but God, do I love Apple right now. And you will too, once you read about Apple CEO Tim Cook officially coming out as gay in his own essay in Bloomberg, published Thursday. It's honest, it's heartfelt, and it will hopefully inspire others — whether in business or in high school — to also feel that being gay is one of "the greatest gifts" they have. So hold your MacBook closely and prepare to feel all the feels.

Although we've made leaps and bounds when it comes to gay rights, acceptance is far from universal, and coming out is still courageous (just look at Arizona's latest anti-gay bill, if you need some reminding). This is especially true if you're someone who's notoriously private, and incredibly high profile, like Cook.

When he spoke at Auburn University last year, though he mentioned the discrimination he'd faced as a kid, he'd avoided specifics. Just last summer, when CNBC's co-anchor,Simon Hobbs appeared to accidentally out the CEO in a segment of "Squawk on the Street"— saying casually “I think Tim Cook is open about the fact he’s gay at the head of Apple, isn’t he?” before realizing er, whoops, no one's nodding — Cook remained silent. In spite of being a long-time advocate of LBGT rights, he's remained reticent about his personal life and so, until now, Cook's sexual orientation has been up for speculation (and trust me, speculation has abounded).

On Thursday, though, Cook penned a piece in BloombergBusiness proudly and happily coming out of the closet. Writes Cook in his essay:

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The essay makes Cook officially one of the most famous (out) LGBT business leaders in the world, a move which has big implications. As Cook continues:

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Earlier this year, the whole company took part in San Francisco’s Pride Parade and only two days ago, Cook urged Alabama — his home state — to work on improving LGBT rights. Though the battle is far from won, Apple has long been at the forefront of gay rights, publicly celebrating the LGBT community and pressing for positive social change. As Cook writes:

Regardless of whether you're part of the LGBT community, hearing someone say they're proud of their sexual orientation, especially when they're in the public eye, is pretty much as heartwarming as it gets.

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