Apple CEO Tim Cook Marched with LGBT Employees in Today's SF Pride Parade


Apple CEO Tim Cook, whose sexual orientation became the subject of media attention this week when a CNBC anchor brought it up during a discussion of gay CEOs, supported the company's LGBT employees and marched with them in today's San Francisco Pride parade.

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  1. So what were you guys saying about Tim Cook not standing up to be counted? Great Job Tim on silencing the haters but I really hope you would have still marched in the pride parade even if CNBC would not have "outed you". You are now the first and only openly gay CEO of any major cooperation. Thank you for being a trailblazer and I sincerely hope that all the cash and business that apple brings in will go to everything pro lgbt rights. We need to push forward Tim, you're now a role model, my role model.

    Posted by: Jacob | Jun 29, 2014 5:28:38 PM

  2. The Apple group of employees took up an entire block! They came from as far away as Texas and yes, Tim Cook was there waving and proud to be gay. I haven't edited the video and put it on my YouTube channel yet but it was an amazing parade. Not a lot of nudity, more gay families then I've ever seen and one of the best moments came when the SF Police contingent came down Market Street. Hundreds of uniformed gay cops with their husbands and wives. Gavin Newsom was marching with his wife and two little kids and he got standing ovations and huge roars from the 3/4 million people. The party continues until 8pm tonight in Civic Center Plaza. Shoulder to shoulder handsome hunky men and they were everywhere! :-) Click my name to view the start of yesterday's Gay Pride Festival and subscribe to my channel so you don't miss my upcoming video on the entire parade! An absolute sea of people!

    Posted by: Cary Chauvet | Jun 29, 2014 5:36:38 PM

  3. @Jacob

    How did Tim Cook "silence the haters"? He simply marched in the parade with his fellow employees. Straight people march in pride parades too.

    Did he ever verbally say that he was gay or reference a male significant other?

    Posted by: Brian W. | Jun 29, 2014 5:51:25 PM

  4. ...he had me at 5.5-inch iPhone screen.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Jun 29, 2014 6:00:30 PM

  5. @ Brian W.

    Tim Cook is gay. All of Earth knows it.

    Posted by: daws | Jun 29, 2014 6:01:02 PM

  6. I can't believe this completely unnecessary story.

    When was Tim closeted again?

    I'm glad he showed up and silenced all this baloney.

    Happy Pride, losers.

    Posted by: Marcus | Jun 29, 2014 6:41:07 PM

  7. Thanks CARY. Tim Cook rocks and I look forward to your video record...sounds like a wonderful day.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 29, 2014 7:03:29 PM

  8. EARTH TO APPLE QUEENS: pull your heads out of your asses. Cook continues to be a publicly closeted coward despite having more money than God and totally safe in his job and living on the border of the gayest city of earth and in the gay-friendliest state. WHAT is he waiting for: a burning bush of Harvey Milk stamps????

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jun 29, 2014 7:37:55 PM

  9. Michael Bedwell, since when does Tim Cook have to live by your rules?

    Posted by: Angela Channing | Jun 29, 2014 8:48:49 PM

  10. Probably the "Apple queens" don't have the need to do so. Only Michael Bedwell is able to accomplish such a great feat of contortion.

    Posted by: simon | Jun 29, 2014 9:46:54 PM

  11. Closeted?! WTF are you smoking Michael? I don't think it gets much more out than marching at pride! I think he's trying to handle his sexuality in a matter-of-fact way that most people handle it. He's acknowledging it, he is is proud of it, but we are not all activists.

    Harvey Milk would be just fine with him. And it's a MUCH different time.

    Posted by: Brandon H | Jun 29, 2014 11:19:04 PM

  12. Tim Cook is nice and he's a better human being than the fellow he replaced, but Microsoft still rules!

    Posted by: bernard | Jun 30, 2014 12:03:43 AM

  13. Ok, the SF Gay Parade video is up - at least part 1. Part 2 will be available tomorrow. Take a look at the Apple contingent. HUGE. There were so many gay Apple employees they took up and entire block! There is no place like San Francisco! Wish you were here! Click my name for direct link to today's Part 1 video.

    Posted by: Cary Chauvet | Jun 30, 2014 12:25:21 AM

  14. Tim Cook is gay.

    Why does he feel unable to admit this publicly.

    I don't trust him - closet cases are the most dangerous enemy we have.

    And seeing as Apple usess sweatshop, slave-labour in China to make its product, it is clear that Tim Cook doesn't care about human rights.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jun 30, 2014 5:15:24 AM

  15. "it is clear that Tim Cook doesn't care about human rights."

    That's rich coming from someone who never misses an opportunity to bash trans people on this site. Hypocrite much?

    Posted by: crispy | Jun 30, 2014 9:00:58 AM

  16. MaryM - if you really think Tim Cook is "the enemy" you have serious reasoning problems.

    Posted by: jason MacBride | Jun 30, 2014 9:22:44 AM

  17. Good for him! Now the media and the general public can say he's a gay CEO whenever they want - it's about damn time.

    Posted by: Sergio | Jun 30, 2014 10:17:34 AM

  18. You know, it's all fine and good that he marched with his company's employees, but CEOs and politicians and others who are NOT gay do this all the time in Pride parades....and they also endorse gay-friendly legislation all the time.

    So if this is just presented as Cook being "supportive" of Apple's gay employees, rather than acknowledging that he is gay, himself, then it really did not change anything about his closetedness.

    In fact, this would have been a great opportunity for him to come out, but apparently he still did not.

    And NO, the general public does NOT know that Tim Cook is gay--the only place I have ever seen it suggested or discussed is in the gay media, which the vast majority of the population is oblivious to.

    So Cook's behavior continues to baffle.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 30, 2014 11:49:56 AM

  19. Show us how out you are "Rick"

    Posted by: Tired | Jun 30, 2014 11:54:21 AM

  20. "the only place I have ever seen it suggested or discussed is in the gay media"

    Wrong again. CNBC (mentioned in this very article! durp) is not gay media. Cook's sexuality is also widely discussed on Apple and tech blogs.

    Also, please name one CEO who has marched in a gay pride parade (Politicians are not a fair comparison as they are pandering for votes.) You won't be able to name one because, like everything else you post on this site, you are pulling it out of your ass or, more likely, lying.

    Posted by: crispy | Jun 30, 2014 12:07:38 PM

  21. Marym doesn't understand the reality in third world countries. There are thousands of factories in China. The working conditions and worker benefits and protection are not the same as in the US. That's why you can buy those cheap made in China products in Walmart.
    There are still a lot of migrant workers from the heartland of China flocking to the coastal factories to escape poverty. Many of them line up for a job in Apple factories simply because they are still better compared to the other factories.

    Posted by: simon | Jun 30, 2014 12:21:16 PM

  22. @CRISPY

    Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, marched in the same San Francisco Pride parade last year that Tim Cook marched in this year. Look it up.

    As for the CNBC segment, the reporter who suggested that Cook is gay is GAY, himself, and his claim was met with dead silence by all the non-gay participants in the discussion.

    Posts on tech blogs do not constitute "media" any more than this blog does....and chances are that just about all those people posting that Cook is gay on those tech blogs--anonymously, of course--are also gay, themselves, just as the one reporter who did on the CNBC show.

    So the "Tim Cook is gay" claim remains largely restricted to gay media, as I said, and is NOT known at all among the general public.....and his simply marching in the SF Pride parade with gay Apple employees will not change that.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 30, 2014 12:31:23 PM

  23. There are lots of Apple employees marching because there are lots of Apple employees. It's the same for Google, Microsoft, and Amazon (in their respective cities).

    Posted by: Merv | Jun 30, 2014 12:32:06 PM

  24. Grown adult Closet-cases demanding that other people Come Out. The irony.

    Posted by: Tired | Jun 30, 2014 12:34:04 PM

  25. Fine. Name a second CEO who has marched in gay pride. It takes far more than 2, including one who is a hoodie-wearing millennial who is hardly representative of CEOs, to support your statement that CEOs "do this all the time."

    Your understanding of "media" in 2014 is severely impaled. It doesn't matter whether you consider tech blogs like Valleywag and GigaOm to be "media" ... the point is that their audiences are not exclusively or even primarily gay, yet they're aware of and discussing the fact that Tim Cook is gay.

    My boss, a straight female (sorry, I know how much you hate those), knows Tim Cook is gay because they're both alumni of the same school, Auburn University, and it's well known there.

    Posted by: crispy | Jun 30, 2014 12:49:03 PM

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