I am straight. It shouldn’t matter. All that should matter is my integrity. However I applaud the courage of Tim Cook making a statement for something he was not required to do. I can’t help but wonder what would be the repercussions if all of us would come out for some item we have held locked away in a “closet.”
What a travesty that it matters that someone has to come out announcing their sexuality. So many people have hidden vices never mentioned. Many of us are so hypocritical. We want excellence in others while expecting so little in ourselves. There are countless straight men who deem themselves manly. So many women who exalt themselves above gay women.
Writes Cook, “When I arrive in my office each morning, I’m greeted by framed photos of Dr. King and Robert F. Kennedy. I don’t pretend that writing this puts me in their league. All it does is allow me to look at those pictures and know that I’m doing my part, however small, to help others. We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick. This is my brick.”
Just imagine if your vices or past was revealed entirely to the public. I assure you what Tim Cook did today required more courage than you in a lifetime.
“And I will personally continue to advocate for equality for all people until my toes point up.” Follow @tim_Cook
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