In an article published by Bloomberg Businessweek, Cook says he was inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King to set aside his desire for privacy to do something "more important."
"While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven't publicly acknowledged it either, until now," writes Cook. "So let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me," Cook said in the opinion piece.
Cook says many of his colleagues knew about his sexual orientation.
“For years, I’ve been open with many people about my sexual orientation. Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me. 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,” he says,
“So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.”
Cook has long been an advocate for LGBT rights. Last week he criticised his home state Alabama's lack of action over gay rights in a speech, saying that while we "can’t change the past, but we can learn from it, and we can create a different future.”
The 53-year-old joins other high-profile business figures who have openly discussed their homosexuality in recent years