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Apple CEO Tim Cook: We Must End Anti-LGBT Discrimination and Pass ENDA — VIDEO


Apple CEO Tim Cook accepted Auburn University's Lifetime Achievement Award from the College of Human Sciences on December 10. In his speech, Cook spoke about the values that guide Apple and that guide him personally - his belief in putting an end to racism upholding equality and eliminating anti-LGBT discrimination, and achieving justice in immigration reform.

Cook also said it is time to pass ENDA:

"These values have also recently guided us to support legislation that demands equality and nondiscrimination for all employees regardless of who they love. This legislation, known as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. I have long believed in this and Apple has implemented protections for employees even when the laws did not. Now is the time to write these basic principles of human dignity into the book of law."

Watch his full speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Now this really makes me proud. As a former Apple employee it was wonderful to see this gay man step into the position as head of the largest most profitable company in America. I still marvel at all that Apple does. ENDA must be passed, it must become law to protect all gay people who are never promoted, often not hired and fired at the whim of a homophobic boss. We need to pass ENDA this coming year.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Dec 14, 2013 5:43:10 PM

  2. No doubt the hysterical MaryMs of this site are going to start squealing that Tim Cook is a closet case.

    But keep in mind that giving a speech like this at Auburn University is incredibly brave. I'm surprised he wasn't dragged behind a pickup truck down Magnolia Avenue.

    Posted by: crispy | Dec 14, 2013 5:54:40 PM

  3. Crispy, I think that he's the most visible out man in US business. Good speech, but I'm fairly sure they knew he's gay.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 14, 2013 6:27:12 PM

  4. 1. I don't believe he's out. Not that he's required by law to be out, but he hasn't addressed his sexuality in public. That's his right and I respect it, since he's on the right side of the issue. But I do think one of the most powerful CEOs in the world being more diret about their indetity would be a good thing. ESPECIALLY if he's gonna talk about LGBT rights.

    2. THis was a nice statement we can all agree on, but it has no usable value and is in NO way brave.

    Posted by: dizzyspins | Dec 14, 2013 7:06:26 PM

  5. Oh, I agree. But for the intellectually challenged, unless someone appears on the cover of TIME magazine with a "Yep, I'm Gay" headline, they are closeted.

    Posted by: crispy | Dec 14, 2013 7:10:19 PM

  6. Everyone with an oz. of sense knows it already! So why doesn't he just announced it? He owes it to himself, Apple and America! Doubt very much if there would be any change in Apple stock. However if there was it would DEFINITELY be a positive surge . . .

    Posted by: Mike | Dec 14, 2013 7:46:19 PM

  7. YIke! A contraction. An Apple iPad made contraction. Ha!

    Posted by: Mike | Dec 14, 2013 8:03:34 PM

  8. Well, if he really is gay, his endorsement of ENDA in this instance would have been a perfect opportunity for him to come out, since it would have fit naturally into the speech. After speaking about the need for ENDA, he could have said something along the lines of......"I know, because I am gay myself and, as lucky as I have been to get to the position I am, I know that there are lots of others who have been denied opportunities because of their sexual orientation."

    But he didn't, instead just choosing to throw ENDA and gay rights in with the usual laundry list of the Liberal Elite--eliminating "racism", encouraging illegal immigration and rewarding those who break the law to come here, etc.

    On another level, though, every time I see this guy, I marvel at how in the world a gay white male from a small town in Alabama could possibly have won all the social and political battles that anybody has to win to become the CEO of one of the world's most prominent companies. So many strikes against him--being gay (which is almost impossible to hide once you get to a certain level), being a white male at a time when it is not the fashionable thing to be, being a white Southerner (and apparently unapologetic about it) in a region of the country where white Southerners are regarded as a bunch of stupid, ignorant rednecks.

    What kind of divine intervention had to take place for him to win out over the thousands and thousands of people who would like to be in his shoes--and did not have all the disadvantages he had?.......and why did it happen to him instead of to the many thousands of other gay men whose potential is never realized because the crushing power of homophobia has destroyed their careers.

    Great mysteries of the universe.....which cause one to think that life really is about fate and there is little any of us can do to control ours.....

    Posted by: Rick | Dec 14, 2013 8:12:26 PM

  9. Wow nice.

    Note to self : if the comment is a paragraph, that person is crazy.

    Posted by: Grifter the movie | Dec 14, 2013 8:13:07 PM

  10. Rick, you're crazier than cat sh't. You wish Hitler was in power, don't you? Come on out with it.

    Posted by: Grifter the movie | Dec 14, 2013 8:15:03 PM

  11. While I applaud the point upon the path that Apple finds itself on "the long arc of history" that bends towards justice, does Apple & Mr. Fox outside of the USA act upon these same sentiments? Are these the values behind the numerous reports of poor working conditions and exorbitant rates of suicide in Foxconn factories in Taiwan, China, Brazil, Malaysia, etc. for example? Foxconn makes Apple’s iPads, iPhones, and iPods, as well as other electronics for other electronic companies. Are those workers treated "equally" and with human dignity?

    Posted by: Thomas Cardellino | Dec 14, 2013 9:03:13 PM

  12. @Crispy: You said: "giving a speech like this at Auburn University is incredibly brave." He gave this speech on the East side of Manhattan, not in Lee County, Alabama.

    Posted by: Thomasina | Dec 14, 2013 9:13:20 PM

  13. @rick maybe, just maybe, he was simply smarter than all the rest of us?

    Posted by: simon | Dec 14, 2013 9:57:18 PM

  14. Lovely sentiments. Of course, they'd mean more coming from somebody who didn't run a major corporation that operates on the business model "There's nobody we won't screw over."

    Oh, Rick. Dear heart. Your being a white male isn't what's unfashionable. Your being a dill-hole is.

    Posted by: FFS | Dec 14, 2013 10:36:47 PM

  15. Yup, Tim is cookin'. Good man!

    Posted by: david from canada | Dec 14, 2013 11:35:23 PM

  16. @crispy: That speech wasn't at Auburn.

    Auburn University's College of Human Sciences honored Tim Cook and Howard G. Buffett at the annual International Quality of Life Awards on Tuesday, Dec. 10 in New York City.

    Posted by: nola fred | Dec 15, 2013 12:08:25 AM

  17. Apple's Itunes chart contains no openly gay or bisexual male singers. Not even one. F@ck Apple.

    Posted by: ASamb | Dec 15, 2013 2:19:16 AM

  18. I just bought from iTunes Ricky Martin, an openly gay singer
    ASAMB what is your comment about?

    Posted by: Lee | Dec 15, 2013 5:11:25 AM

  19. On Nov 7th the U.S.Senate under Democratic leadership passed ENDA by a vote of 64-32. All 32 no votes were our usual enemies: conservative Republicans. John Boehner, the Republican Speaker of the House, has said he will not bring it to the House floor for a vote. Most House observers say that if it was brought to the floor for a vote it would probably pass. Almost all the Democrats would vote for it and a couple dozen moderate Republicans (there are no liberal Republicans left in the Congress) would join them. Once again we see conservative Republicans standing in the way of equality for LGBT Americans. Remember that on election day and vote Democrat because your equality as an American is at stake.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 15, 2013 5:42:53 AM

  20. "He gave this speech on the East side of Manhattan, not in Lee County, Alabama."

    "@crispy: That speech wasn't at Auburn."

    Wow. Thanks for the clarification. You'd think the writer of this post would've mentioned that!

    Posted by: crispy | Dec 15, 2013 8:55:43 AM

  21. Is he planing on running for political office?

    Posted by: anon | Dec 15, 2013 9:29:48 AM

  22. ENDA, yes, but not this ENDA, which seeks to cement our rights firmly beneath those of those of the religious, where religious people (corporations are people, with religions) can hire and fire even in the case of jobs that have nothing to do with religion, based on LGBT status. This is dangerous not only for us, but for any group targeted by the religious, as it sets religion as a right above other rights.

    ENDA is non a non-discrimination act. It's a "these people CAN discriminate" act, and must not be passed.

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 15, 2013 10:03:22 AM

  23. Wonder how many Alabama congressmen are going to be voting for ENDA. Or when Alabama's legislature will pass their own ENDA.

    Posted by: Jay | Dec 15, 2013 10:23:54 AM

  24. Also wonder why the event was held in New York. They couldn't get Cook and Buffet to set foot in Alabama?

    Posted by: Jay | Dec 15, 2013 10:30:31 AM

  25. Crisp and Jay, I and my partner of 22 years are graduates of Auburn University and we have a ton of gay friends that are alums as well.

    What makes you think Auburn would drag him down Magnolia?

    Posted by: Rich | Dec 15, 2013 10:56:49 AM

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