Outside Apple, Tim Cook an almost anonymous figure the executive's appearances as ?civilian? are rare, giving statements about his personal life or performing some public activity that is not directly linked to Ma. The most notable exception to this rule happened four years ago, when Cook wrote an article revealing itself gay and explaining that, with that act, he hoped to inspire other people to feel free to do the same.
Now, in these times of intolerance and exalted moods with issues related to diversity (including sexuality) in all corners of the world, the Apple CEO returned to the subject in an interview with Christiane Amanpour, from CNN.
Being gay is the greatest gift that God has given me.
In the conversation, Cook explained that the main reason for his disclosure was never to encourage other executives in the area to do the same; in fact, the reason was all the time in children. Long before the executive's confirmation, rumors about his sexual orientation were already circulating in American media outlets, so Cook received emails and letters from children asking if it was all true.
The correspondence came predominantly from children in the process of sexual discovery and who suffered discrimination, bullying and abuse because of their mannerisms or preferences. According to Cook, keeping that fact in the private sphere would be ?egyptian? when it could help those children and many others around the world to feel a little more free and safer in revealing their sexual orientation.
I needed to do something for them. I wanted to demonstrate that children and adults can accept themselves as gay and do great things in their lives.
The executive also said he was very proud of his homosexuality, adding: "Being gay is the greatest gift that God has given me."
Cook also said he was shocked to discover that he was the first CEO of a company in the Fortune 500 declaring himself homosexual, adding that he was happy to see other executives from large companies following in his footsteps even though that was not his goal. He also stated that the experience of declaring himself gay helped him as a leader:
I learned what to be a minority. The feeling of being in a minority gives you a level of empathy for others who are not in the majority.
Cook's full interview will air tomorrow night on CNN International and on PBS.
via Cult of Mac
Update by Rafael Fischmann 11/21/2018 s 13:37
Almost a month later, the video part of the interview we discussed above came out on YouTube:
In addition to the debate on gays and minorities, at the end of the conversation with the CNN Tim Cook also confirms that Apple is working on autonomous systems without specifying, of course, for what exact purpose.