GLSEN, an organization dedicated to creating safe and inclusive K-12 schools for LGBTQ youth, has announced that Apple CEO Tim Cook will receive its "Champion Award" for his ongoing commitment to fighting for LGBTQ rights. The awards ceremony will take place on October 25 at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in Los Angeles.

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Cook provided the following statement:

I am grateful to GLSEN for this honor and for all their work to ensure the LGBTQ community is treated with dignity and respect. At Apple, our commitment to inclusion helps us do our best work, each and every day. Innovation depends on openness to new ideas, a culture of curiosity and a climate free from shame and stigma — that's true not only true for Apple, I believe it's true for everyone.

Since becoming CEO, Cook has strongly pushed for inclusion and diversity, which Apple refers to as its "greatest strength" on its website. "To create products that serve everyone, we believe in including everyone."

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mozumder Avatar
63 months ago
Might as well turn off this comment section now before the train wreck
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
oldmacs Avatar
63 months ago
I don't admire everything about Tim, but I was an 18 year old in a dark place struggling with a lot of self hatred over my sexuality when he first started really openly talking about his - It helped me. To see another person who was Gay but still successful and in a small but important way told me that things might be ok and get better.. Don't understate the power of role models for struggling LGBTQ+ youth.
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
radiology Avatar
63 months ago
Well deserved.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
5105973 Avatar
63 months ago
This is in no way a troll post, I'm genuinely curious what Tim Cook has done to "fighting for LGBTQ rights". I know he talks about it in interviews and I'm sure he donates to organizations but I'm not exactly sure what that quantifies as. Sounds like he's an activist by proxy and not really on the ground. But hey it's a great headline.
Just him coming out was a huge step in advocacy. Any well known person who is respected in their field who comes out and says “This is who I am, I’m not ashamed” is going to have a positive impact on the people struggling with hostile attitudes in their families, their faiths, their communities.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mtmspa Avatar
63 months ago
Wish I could down vote this :(
Me too. Sick and tired of Lsgtz and their agenda shoved in our faces every day. Go do your thing in private like the rest of us.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ipedro Avatar
63 months ago
Wish I could down vote this :(
Why? If you hold that much of a grudge for someone helping the gay community, perhaps you're trying to suppress something in yourself. Just saying...
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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