Apple CEO Tim Cook has said anti-gay discrimination holds everyone back.
The 54-year-old made the comments while accepting the Human Right Campaign’s Visibility Award at the group’s 19th annual dinner on Saturday (3 October) in Washington, DC.
‘Thirty-one states, more than half the stars on our American flag, have no laws to protect gay and transgendered people from discrimination,’ he said.
‘Discrimination against anyone holds everyone back. Everyone. And as all of us know, discrimination doesn’t simply fade. It has to be pushed back, challenged, overcome and then kept at bay.’
Cook said he came out as gay in an op-ed for Bloomberg Businessweek magazine last year ‘to lend my voice to people who might not be ready to exercise theirs.’
‘I did not do it for attention. I’m a private person by nature. Growing up I was taught that you distinguish yourself in life by what you do, not by what you say or how loudly you say it,’ he said.
‘But sometimes you just have to be loud because people need to hear that being gay is not a limitation.
‘People need to hear that you can be gay or transgender and be whatever else you want to in life – a CEO or a senator, an Olympic athlete, an award-winning actor or actress.’
Cook added: ‘We all have a role. Apple will continue to play our role by remaining open to everyone, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, how they worship or who they love.’
This has been reposted from Gay Star News.