August 16, 2016 at 12:25 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Tim Cook credits Anderson Cooper for helping him come out
Out Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner on Oct. 3, 2015. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Out Apple CEO Tim Cook (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed he carefully strategized his public coming out for almost a year, and conferred with Anderson Cooper, in an interview with The Washington Post. 

“I wanted it to be in a business [publication]. That’s what I know, that’s who I am. There was a lot of work there. I visited people. I talked to Anderson Cooper at length — multiple times,” Cook, who came out in an essay published in Bloomberg BusinessWeek in 2014, told The Washington Post. “Because I thought that the way that he handled his announcement was really classy. I was getting advice from people who I thought were really great people who had really deeply thought about it.”

Cook also says a big reason he chose to come out was due to messages he received from LGBT children.

“I was thinking about kids. I was getting notes from kids who knew I was gay, or assumed I was, because of something they had read on the Web. And they were kids who were distraught. Some had been pushed out by their families,” Cook says. “They thought they couldn’t achieve anything. They couldn’t do anything. They were seeing the national discourse around it and feeling isolated and depressed. And I just thought — I’ve got to do something…I thought it would minimally say you can do pretty good in this world and be gay. That it’s not a limiter. It’s okay to be. That it’s okay to be honest about it. I figured if I could help one person, it would be worth it.”

 

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