Apple CEO Tim Cook Needs To Do More Than Come Out. Amen and say it again.

Posted: November 2, 2014 in For your information, for your reflection
“Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day. It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life.”
Tim Cook: Being Gay Has Helped Me Lead Apple
As arguably the most prominent and influential CEO in all of business, his example is a game changer.
YES But now what are you going to do with it? You know we are a bit tired of these rich, white gay and lesbian folks who come out now that it is safe to do so and then think that it is a big deal. Yes what are you Mr. Cook going to do with your new found freedom?
 Check out the article written by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Apple CEO needs to do more than come out

By Tommi Avicolli Mecca

OCTOBER 31, 2014 — I’m glad that Tim Cook has finally come out publicly. Everyone should. Living in the closet is not healthy, even for a giant of the tech industry. The Apple CEO broke open his closet doors in an essay in the latest issue of BusinessWeek.

Tommi has these important words to say

“One thing Cook doesn’t address in the essay is the question of what, if any, responsibility people in his position have to the LGBT movement that paved the way for him to come out. Let’s face it, he’s not personally risking much. Apple is not going to fire him for being queer. I doubt that anyone in the business world is going to stop dealing with him. There won’t a boycott of Apple products. The worst that will happen, I imagine, is that crazy fundamentalist church in the Midwest will add Apple to its list of people and entities that their twisted god hates.

The question of responsibility is an important one, especially for the CEO of a company whose employees are often seen as helping to create the housing crisis in San Francisco, a city of refuge for LGBT folks and others. The influx of thousands of well-paid tech workers from Apple and other Silicon Valley companies is one reason rents have soared and landlords are evicting long-term rent-controlled tenants paying below-market rents. The other reason is real-estate speculation, which unfortunately accompanies any housing boom. Has Apple come out in favor of Prop G, a measure on the November ballot that will dis-incentivize that speculation?”

and this

“It’s just that as someone who every day sees the horrible effects of poverty and the housing crisis on the LGBT community (especially among youth, people with AIDS and seniors), I want Cook to do more. I want him to help us wage war against poverty in the LGBT community. I want him to support efforts to feed, house and provide healthcare and jobs to everyone in our community. I want him to recruit those with money and connections in the LGBT community and elsewhere to get involved in the fight.”

To read Tommi’s full article here.


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