Apple chief executive Tim Cook has publicly acknowledged his sexuality, saying that he is “proud to be gay”.

Mr Cook made his announcement to try to help people struggling with their identity, he wrote in a Bloomberg Businessweek article.

He has been open about his sexuality, but has also tried to maintain a basic level of privacy until now, he said.

This week Mr Cook challenged his home state of Alabama to ensure the rights of gay and transgender people.

"I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others," he wrote.

"So if hearing that the CEO [chief executive] 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," he added.

Mr Cook said that he had been open about his sexuality with many people, including colleagues at Apple, but that it still “wasn’t an easy choice” to publicly announce his sexual orientation.

He quoted civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King, saying: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ”

"HUMANS " By Thomas Foster IV

Girls are humans.
Boys are humans.
Transgender people are humans.
Lesbians are humans.
Gays are humans.
Bisexuals are humans.
Asexuals are humans.
Demisexuals are humans.
All races are humans.
Democrats are humans.
Republicans are humans.
Independents are humans.
Communists are humans.
Muslims are humans.
Christians are humans.
Jews are humans.
Buddhists are humans.
Wiccans are humans.
Hindus are humans.
Agnostics are humans.
Atheists are humans.
Intelligent people are humans.
Special needs people are humans.
Disabled people are humans.
Depressed people are humans.
Victims of suicide are humans.
Self-harming victims are humans.
Anxiety victims are humans. 
Rape victims are humans.
Drug addicts are humans.
Athletes are humans.
Artists/performers are humans.
I am different.
You are different.
We are all different.
I am human.
You are human.
We are all humans.
What’s so hard to understand?

The fallacy here is assuming prejudices–racism, classism, xenophobia–fit in neat little boxes, some politer than others. In reality, linguistic prejudice is very much intrinsic to the prejudices we abhor. Whether through African-American English‘s centuries-long use as “evidence” of racist pseudo-biology or British linguo-cultural class warfare, language informs bigoted mindsets of all kinds. You can’t extract accent discrimination from its classist, racist, and xenophobic underpinnings. This becomes apparent if we substitute language for, say, one’s appearance (no more arbitrary a target, in my opinion). If I said something bizarre like “I hate the way Irish people look” it would be hard to take this as an incidental, surface-level observation. When we hear certain accents, assumptions pop into our heads about the speakers’ lives, where they live, what they read, their education level, and their politics. It’s human. And for those who recognize these impulses as irrational, maybe they’re harmless. But if you can imagine even a slightly less principled person than yourself using such impressions to judge someone’s guilt, employment suitability, loan worthiness, or custody arrangement–almost certainly frequent occurrences–you should never participate in accent prejudice. Why do we view as harmless generalizations that can cause such real damage?