“I was public because I began to receive stories from kids who read something online that I was gay and they were going through being bullied, feeling like their family didn’t love them, being pushed out of their home, very close to suicide, things that just really pulled my heart. And I started saying, you know, I’m a private person, and so I kept me to my small circle and I started thinking that is a selfish thing to do at this point. I need to be bigger than that. I need to do something for them, and show them that you can be gay and still go on and do some big jobs in life, that there’s a path there. I did not do it for other CEOs to come out. I was the first, which is kind of shocking. I’m very proud of it. To me, it is God’s greatest gift to me.”
– Apple CEO Tim Cook to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour when asked about his sexual orientation.