Apple CEO Tim Cook, Bloomberg Businessweek
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In an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, Tim Cook makes an inspiring statement: “We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick. This is my brick.”

That brick: his decision to publicly come out as gay.

According to Cook, it’s always been his goal to maintain a level of personal privacy, even while heading one of the most publicly-scrutinized companies in the world. The philosophies of two of Cook’s idols—Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy—finally inspired him to speak out.

In his words: “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.”

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