Cook never denied his sexuality, but the letter marks a huge moment for the LGBT community, equal rights, and society in general, as the world’s most powerful CEO committed to being an example and inspiration to those wanting to rise above adversity and bigotry.
The world’s reaction to Cook coming out like a boss has been overwhelmingly positive. Yes, the trolls and bigots have crawled out of their dark places to admonish Cook, but their voices have been refreshingly blasted out by accolades and congratulations from the world’s top CEO’s, celebrities, and activists applauding Tim’s courage.
Here’s how the world turned Tim’s coming out party into a celebration:
— Philip Schiller (@pschiller) October 30, 2014
Apple’s top excutives took to Twitter to congratulate the boss. Apple’s VP of Environment, Lisa Jackson, thanked Cook for the “great essay on justice, equality and making the world better,” while Eddy Cue and Phil Schiller both mentioned how proud they are of their friend.
— Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) October 30, 2014
Apple’s nemesis Microsoft tipped its hat to Cook this morning, with a tweet from CEO Satya Nadella saying he’s been inspired by Tim. Sundar Pichai said the letter will “really make a difference“. T-Mobile CEO, John Legere also commended Cook for the letter with a “right on” bro, tweet.
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) October 30, 2014
Nancy Pelosi congratulated Tim on “taking pride and making it easier for others throughout the world to do so!” Former President and Southerner Bill Clinton tipped his hat to Cook as well.
I wonder how all those who discriminate against people for being gay will treat Apple's CEO when he visits http://t.co/5UXOc6vGY9
— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) October 30, 2014
Ashton Kutcher gave Tim Cook a shoutout on Twitter, while Richard Branson pondered how Cook’s letter will impact the business world, where there still are laws in many states allowing employers to fire people based on sexual orientation. Richard Branson also applauded Cook for the “inspirational words …on being gay, and standing up for equality.”
The president is black, the top rapper is a white girl from Australia and the CEO of the largest tech company on earth is a gay man. YES
— Josh Helfferich (@JoshHelfferich) October 30, 2014
It wouldn’t be an Apple announcement without a bevy of witty one-liners from the Twitter crowd.
The number of gay friends texting me to give Tim Cook their phone numbers is bordering on inappropriate
— Poisoned Fig Newton (@CaseyNewton) October 30, 2014
Apple CEO Tim Cook just announced he is gay. Now we wait for the Samsung CEO to announce that he's waaayyy more gay.
— Akshar (@AksharPathak) October 30, 2014
If Steve Jobs were alive today, he would tell Tim Cook how proud he was—and then start screaming at him about the iPhone 6 power switch.
— Glenn Fleishman (@GlennF) October 30, 2014