Last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook came out as gay in an op-ed piece written for Bloomberg Business. “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” Cook wrote.
During an interview with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night’s episode of The Late Show, Cook explained that he made a public proclamation about his sexuality as part of his efforts to better the world at large.
“I have right in front of my desk, a photo of Robert Kennedy and a photo of Dr. Martin Luther King. Everyday I sort of ask myself — it was Dr. King’s quote that said, ‘Life’s most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others,'” Cook said. “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. Where I valued my privacy significantly, I felt that I was valuing it too far above what I could do for other people. So I wanted to tell everyone my truth.”
Echoing what he wrote for Bloomberg last year, Cook said many of his colleagues already knew he was gay. “It was like discovering something on your iPhone that it’s always done, but you didn’t quite know it,” he joked, before ending on a serious note. “It wasn’t a revelation for people who I worked with but it was for the broader world. I felt a tremendous responsibility to do it.”
Watch the Cook discuss his sexuality and charity work below.
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