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Thursday Oct 25, 2018
Apple CEO Tim Cook
Apple CEO Tim Cook  (Source:AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Apple CEO Tim Cook is reflecting on his decision of coming out as gay four years ago, making him the first CEO of a major company to be out. Speaking with CNN this week, Cook said that "being gay [is] among the greatest gifts God has given me."

"I'm very proud of it," he said of coming out, adding being gay is "God's great gift to me."

Cook came out on Oct. 30, 2014 in an op-ed for Bloomberg. He said that emails he received from LGBTQ youth helped inspire him to publicly come out.

"I was public because I started to receive stories from kids who read online that I was gay. I needed to do something for them," he said adding that he wanted to show gay children they "can be gay and still go on and do some big jobs in life."

Cook went on to say being openly gay has strengthened his leadership skills.

"I learned what it was like to be a minority," Cook told CNN. "The feeling of being in a minority gives you a level of empathy for other people who are not in the majority."

The CEO added that being hit with anti-gay comments helped him develop a thick skin.

"That turns out to be pretty beneficial from this role as well," he said.

Watch Cook's CNN interview by clicking here.


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