Tim Cook spoke about his reasons for coming out during an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Tuesday (15 September) evening. The Apple CEO announced that he was a ‘proud’ gay man last year in an op-ed for Bloomberg Businessweek magazine.
‘Was coming out an upgrade, or a feature that hadn’t been turned on?’ Colbert jokingly asked.
After a round of laughter, Cook explained that he ‘felt a tremendous responsibility to do it.’
‘It became so clear to me that kids were getting bullied in school, kids were getting basically discriminated against, kids were even being disclaimed by their own parents, and that I needed to do something,’ he said.
‘And where I valued my privacy significantly, I felt that I was valuing it too far above what I could do for other people. And so I wanted to tell everyone my truth.’
Cook then summed up his coming out experience in this one amazing quote:
‘It’s like discovering something on your iPhone that it’s always done, but you didn’t quite know it.’
Watch the interview below:
This has been reposted from Gay Star News.