Tim Cook Comes Out, The World Keeps Spinning
Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced in an article in BusinessWeek that he is gay. I’m sure it was a decision that he grappled with before writing the article, whether to mix business and personal, and it was an announcement he said he felt compelled to make to acknowledge the sacrifices others in the LGBT community have made and the struggles that many still endure.
Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced in an article in BusinessWeek that he is gay. I’m sure he grappled with the decision whether to mix business and personal before writing the article, and he said it was an announcement he felt compelled to make to acknowledge the sacrifices others in the LGBT community have made and the struggles that many still endure.
On the one hand, I applaud Cook for making the pronouncement. On the other, I am disheartened.
Don’t get me wrong: I am not disheartened because he is gay. In fact, I don’t care a whit. I am disheartened because he had to make the pronouncement at all. I’m thrilled that the gay community finally is being afforded many of the same rights as straight people, including marriage and spousal benefits, but I don’t think that’s enough. For true acceptance to occur, a person’s sexual orientation should matter not at all. In fact, it shouldn’t even be a topic of conversation.
I understand there are many people out there who disagree with my opinion. And that’s fine—everyone has a right to their beliefs. I’m not going to say someone is wrong because they don’t agree with me. I’m not omnipotent that way.
My point is, whether someone is straight or gay really should not matter. Especially when it comes to business. I would think the greater argument is whether Cook is a good CEO. He’s no Steve Jobs, but really, no one can be.
Tim Cook came out; the world keeps spinning.
To his announcement, I say, ‘So what?’ What concerns me more is whether the next version of iOS is going to wreck my iPhone again.