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Apple CEO Tim Cook has a lot to be happy about.

Apple is killing the game with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, per usual. Apple rules the world, no surprise there. And on Thursday, Cook publicly acknowledged for the first time that he is gay.

“Let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” he wrote in a column in Bloomberg Businessweek.

Cook, who also said he has tried to maintain a “basic level of privacy,” does admit that he’s always been open about his sexual orientation, but did not discuss it publicly.

“I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others,” he said. “So 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.”

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“Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me,” he wrote. “Of course, I’ve had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences. Not everyone is so lucky.”

We commend Cook for his bravery and honesty. To read the rest of his column, click here.

SOURCE: Bloomberg Businessweek | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty

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