Apple CEO Tim Cook says that for him, being gay is ‘God’s greatest gift’

Tim Cook came out as gay in 2014.

Tim Cook has said that being gay is “God’s greatest gift to me.”

The Apple CEO, who came out publicly in 2014, made the comments in an interview with CNN on Wednesday (October 24).

When asked if he was proud to be gay, Cook said: “I’m very proud of it. I’m very proud of it, yes, absolutely.

Cook made the comments on CNN (CNN)

“To me, it is God’s greatest gift to me.”

Cook explained that he came out after seeing messages from children who were being discriminated against because of their sexuality, leading him to feel like he needed to help them.

“I [went] public because I began to receive stories from kids who read something online that I was gay, and they were going through being bullied, feeling like their family didn’t love them, being pushed out of their home, very close to suicide — things that just really pulled my heart,” he said.

CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple,  speaks during an Apple event at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park on September 12, 2018 in Cupertino, California. Apple is expected to announce new iPhones with larger screens as well as other product upgrades.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

“I started thinking: ‘That is a selfish thing to do at this point.'” (Justin Sullivan/Getty)

“I started saying: ‘You know, I am a private person, so I’ve kept me to my small circle.’

“And I started thinking: ‘That is a selfish thing to do at this point.

“I need to be bigger than that, I need to do something for them and show them that you can be gay and still go on and do some big jobs in life, that there’s a path there.’

Apple CEO Tim Cook attends a product launch event on September 12, 2018, in Cupertino, California. - New iPhones set to be unveiled Wednesday offer Apple a chance for fresh momentum in a sputtering smartphone market as the California tech giant moves into new products and services to diversify.Apple was expected to introduce three new iPhone models at its media event at its Cupertino campus, notably seeking to strengthen its position in the premium smartphone market a year after launching its $1,000 iPhone X. (Photo by NOAH BERGER / AFP)        (Photo credit should read NOAH BERGER/AFP/Getty Images)

“I need to be bigger than that, I need to do something for them” (NOAH BERGER/AFP/Getty)

“So that is the reason I did it,” continued Cook, who became the first ever openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company when he revealed his sexuality.

“I did not do it for other CEOs to come out. It wasn’t even in my mind. I was the first, which is kind of shocking.”

In July, he told 30,000 youthful attendees of Utah’s LoveLoud Festival that LGBT+ people were “a gift to the world, a unique and special gift, just the way you are.”

Cook also reiterated his support for transgender rights in the CNN interview, after President Donald Trump confirmed that his administration was “looking at” imposing a new trans policy in the wake of a leaked memo seen by The New York Times which states that a person’s legal sex should be defined as male or female at birth and unchangeable from that point on.

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc talks at the Debating Ethics event at the European Parliament in Brussels on October 24, 2018. (Photo by Aris Oikonomou / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ARIS OIKONOMOU/AFP/Getty Images)

“My strong view is everybody should be treated with dignity and respect” (ARIS OIKONOMOU/AFP/Getty)

He answered a question about the Department of Health and Human Services proposal by saying: “My strong view is everybody should be treated with dignity and respect.

“That’s the way I look at everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, regardless of their religion, their gender, their ethnic history, regardless of their gender identity, anything. That’s the way I look at things.”

The business leader donated $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League and wrote a powerful letter condemning Trump after the President equated neo-Nazis at the fatal Charlottesville, Virginia protests to anti-Fascist campaigners.