Tim Cook made an appearance at Utah’s 2018 LoveLoud festival over the weekend, sharing a few thoughts with the crowd before introducing the band Imagine Dragons.
LoveLoud is a music festival celebrating the LGBTQ+ community. During his tenure as Apple CEO, Tim Cook has been a proud and outspoken advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. Watch his comments to the crowd below.
Speaking out for the LGBT community
In his introduction, Cook said that those in the audience are a “gift to the world,” and should not feel that they need to try and be, “what someone else thinks is normal.” Cook then described himself as an, “uncle, a sports nut, a CEO, a lover of the beautiful Utah outdoors, and a proud, gay American.”
In addition to speaking on stage, Cook also took pictures with people attempting the event, and signed autographs. In all, the LoveLoud event raised $1 million for LGBTQ youth organizations.
“Tim Cook joining us in Utah for LoveLoud sends a clear message to LGBTQ youth that they have unlimited potential to achieve their dreams,” Dan Reynolds, lead singer of Imagine Dragons — which founded the event — said in a statement ahead of the event. “Tim is an unwavering advocate for human rights and equality, and we’re thrilled he’ll be joining our powerful line-up of speakers and performers.”
Tim Cook famously came out as gay several years ago. Since then, he has even had an LGBT anti-discrimination bill named after him, and been publicly critical of discriminatory laws that “rationalize injustice.” While Apple has long been a company in support of the LGBT community, it’s great to see Cook use his platform to speak out in this way.
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