Thursday, October 30, 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses his own sexuality in an essay


Apple CEO Tim Cook has an essay in Businessweek where he discusses the fact that he is gay, and his own perspective on his role in gay equality, link here. Of course, he sets a tremendous example and is right now probably the most visible gay executive in the US, maybe the world.

Just this past Sunday, I encountered an Apple store in Grand Central Station in NYC.  
 
According to CNN, 91% of Fortune 500 companies do have anti-discrimination policies with respect to sexual orientation.  Yet, 53% of LGBT workers still “hide” at work, especially in conservative states.
   

We have come a long way.  But I remember back in the early 1980s, whenever the television cameras came into Metropolitan Community Church of Dallas on Reagan St, there was a section where no one would be photographed.  One time, at a post-pride party in Lee Park on Dallas (on Turtle Creek), I appeared on camera, and a consultant at work the next day said he was surprised to see me there.  Some people would react to learning this by bragging about “feeding their babies” and even taking second jobs selling cars to do so.  The cultural disconnect then was profound, and it had so much to do with procreation. 


Back in 1973, the Ninth Street Center in New York City, in its own journal, called homosexuality "civilization's secret".  No politician would mention it publicly then.  True.  Nixon had Watergate on his mind.

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