Apple CEO: 'Proud to be Gay'

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One of the nation's most influential CEOs announced this morning that he's gay. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook told Bloomberg Businessweek, "So let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."

In 2013, Out magazine placed Cook at the top of its annual top 50 list of gay people even though the Apple CEO hadn't said anything publicly.

"As the first CEO of a Fortune 500 company to reveal he's gay, Tim helps make the business world a bit less homophobic, said Marianne Duddy-Burke, executive director of Dignity USA. "I'm sure this will make it easier for some others in similar positions to consider coming out."

The New York Times reports that in private forums, Cook had alluded to "facing difficulties growing up as a young man in Alabama," adding that "human rights and dignity are values that need to be acted upon."