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October 31, 2014

These Are the 12 Words in Tim Cook's Coming Out Essay That Made Me Tear Up

I've argued before that coming out matters because the more visibility queer people have, the harder it is to deny not only that we exist, but that many of us are thriving in all parts of our society. Cook himself notes, "If hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it's worth the trade-off with my own privacy," and my guess is that somewhere, someone (or many someones) will be inspired by his move. But the part of Cook's essay that actually had me tearing up as I walked to work this morning was this string of 12 simple words: "I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."

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