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Apple CEO Tim Cook says being gay is “God’s greatest gift”

Apple CEO Tim Cook made headlines in 2014 when he rocked the business world by coming out of the closet. Now Cook is making headlines again for explaining his reasons why: to answer the appeals of youth.

“I was getting notes from kids who were struggling with their sexual orientation,” Cook said to People in Espanol. “They were depressed. Some said [they] had suicidal thoughts. Some had been banished by their own parents and family.”

Cook says he began to feel the drag of that realization, which prompted him to action. “Obviously I couldn’t talk to each one individually that reached out, but you always know if you have people reaching out to you that there’s many more that don’t, that are just out there wondering whether they have a future or not, wondering whether life gets better … From there I really decided.”

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When he came out, Cook says he didn’t worry about the reaction within Apple itself, though he did worry about how he would be perceived in the business world and by the general public. “[T]he world is still not friendly to gay or trans people in many countries but also within our country,” he observes.

Nevertheless, Cook continues to be open about his sexuality in hopes of affirming his sexual orientation to kids struggling with queer identity. “Life gets better, that you can have a great life filled with joy,” he continues. “Gay is not a limitation. It’s a characteristic that I hope they view, like I do, that it’s God’s greatest gift.”

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