Apple CEO Tim Cook At Gay Pride Two Days After Being Accidentally Outed

Tim Cook has made a public appearance at San Francisco's Gay Pride festival, supporting the 5,000 Apple employees who showed up for the event. The Apple CEO posed with and greeted revellers at the event just two days after he was accidentally outed on live television.

Cook has never publically confirmed or denied that he is gay but during a CNBC's Squawk on the Street segment about the lack of openly gay CEOs, co-host Simon Hobbs said "Tim Cook is fairly open about the fact he's gay."

As the other panellists shook their heads and looked awkward, New York Times columnist Jim Stewart tried to do some damage control, saying that Cook was not openly gay and it was not something he'd like to comment on.

Neither Apple nor Tim Cook commented on the incident but the CEO's appearance at the Gay Pride event could signal that he was not offended by Hobbs' remark. Regardless, the businessman has been an advocate for the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, which would make it illegal for employers to fire staff based on their sexual orientation, and referred to his own experience of discrimination in a speech he gave last year.

More: Tim Cook named as second most powerful gay celeb, despite having not confirmed he's gay.

"Since these early days, I have seen and have experienced many types of discrimination and all of them were rooted in the fear of people that were different than the majority," he said, via Mail Online. After Sunday's Gay Pride event, Cook tweeted "Congrats to 5000 Apple employees/families who attended today's Pride parade. Inclusion inspires innovation."

More: Tim Cook hints at "vision" for Apple TV...but won't say what.

Special Apple/Pride T-shirts featuring the apple logo twinned with a rainbow design were created for the event and were seen being sported by Cook and his thousands of employees present. The company also handed out iTunes Pride gift cards which commemorated the occasion and offered "1 free song" download to its recipient.



Contactmusic
Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Dark Drama 'The Riot Club' Is Never Dull, But Lacks Bite

The Riot Club, formerly known as 'Posh' and based on Laura Wade's 2010 play...

Dark Drama 'The Riot Club' Is Never Dull, But Lacks Bite

Aphex Twin - Syro Album Review

If you're even remotely into electronic music, then you are more than likely to know who Aphex Twin is. After becoming...

Aphex Twin - Syro Album Review

Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams Set for Channel 4 'Cyber Bullying' Drama

Maisie Williams, best known for playing Arya Stark in HBO's Game of Thrones...

Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams Set for Channel 4 'Cyber Bullying' Drama

Reaper - Trailer

The Reaper (Mike Michaels) was formerly an ordained minister before embarking on a rampant killing spree with...

Reaper Trailer

Adam Duritz Of Counting Crows Talks Of Liberation, Fun And Childhood Fascinations

Counting Crows have delighted us with their first album release since...

Adam Duritz Of Counting Crows Talks Of Liberation, Fun And Childhood Fascinations

Ringo Deathstarr - Live Review

The Sabotage Club in Lisboa has all the trappings of the typical toilet circuit venue, if you were to disregard a decade...

Ringo Deathstarr supported by The Telescopes, NAAM,  11th September 2014, Lisboa Sabotage Club Live Review

'X-Men: Deadpool' Set For 2016, Ryan Reynolds Likely to Star

X-Men: Deadpool, a project that has long been in development for Twentieth...

'X-Men: Deadpool' Set For 2016, Ryan Reynolds Likely to Star

Ben Whishaw Lands Starring Role in BBC Thriller 'London Spy'

Ben Whishaw, the British actor who played Q in Skyfall and who portray the...

Ben Whishaw Lands Starring Role in BBC Thriller 'London Spy'

Dolly Parton - Blue Smoke: The Best of Dolly Parton Album Review

Dolly Parton is an international treasure - and a rare breed, at that. She is a...

Dolly Parton - Blue Smoke: The Best of Dolly Parton Album Review
Advertisement

Comments

Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All