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Ted Cruz Will Still Love His iPhone Despite Apple CEO Tim Cook Coming Out as Gay: VIDEO

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In a discussion on CNBC's Squawk Box this morning about the GOP and social conservatives, firebrand Texas Senator Ted Cruz was asked to weigh in on Tim Cook's newly minted status as Apple's openly gay CEO, The Hill reports

"Those are his personal choices. I’ll tell you, I love my iPhone," Cruz said.

"Listen, Tim Cook makes his personal decisions, and that is his life. My focus is on the constitutional question of who has the authority to make decisions," he later added. 

Cruz, who has led the charge against the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision earlier this month and Houston's subpoena of anti-gay pastors, was also asked by CNBC's Rebecca Quick to explain his anti-gay positions.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I Consider Being Gay Among The Greatest Gifts God Has Given Me'

Writing over at Bloomberg Businesweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook is speaking out publicly for the first time about his sexual orientation.

Writes Cook:

CookWhile I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.

Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day. It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life. It’s been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry. It’s also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple.

The world has changed so much since I was a kid. America is moving toward marriage equality, and the public figures who have bravely come out have helped change perceptions and made our culture more tolerant. Still, there are laws on the books in a majority of states that allow employers to fire people based solely on their sexual orientation. There are many places where landlords can evict tenants for being gay, or where we can be barred from visiting sick partners and sharing in their legacies. Countless people, particularly kids, face fear and abuse every day because of their sexual orientation.

I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy.

While Cook has been vocal about his support for the Emplyment Non-Discrimination Act and LGBT rights in general, his sexual orientation was seen as an open secret for many in the industry.

Cook took over the role of Apple CEO after Steve Jobs' resignation back in 2011.


Singer Nick Deutsch Comes Out, Shares His Story of Heartbreak in Powerful 'Run' Music Video: WATCH

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New York based singer/songwriter Nick Deutsch is taking a big step both personally and professionally with the release of the music video for "Run," the lead single off his EP Crazy Ride. In it, Deutsch chronicles the heartbreak he felt in the lead-up to and aftermath of a relationship breakup with another man.  

Check out the music video, AFTER THE JUMP...

Deutsch has also written a blog post on his website about why he felt it was important to come out as member of the LGBTQ community with the video's release: 

I believe that regardless of career, being open is still very much a big deal, although I do appreciate and empathize with the over-arching view that “it’s no longer a big deal to be gay.” Even with Sam Smith sitting tall at the billboard top ten, we are sorely in need of supportive voices to counter the awful statistics and narratives that have historically plagued the LGBTQ community. It feels ridiculous to consider portraying myself as anything but confident with who I am as a gay man, especially within the wider context of the enormous social changes that have occurred.

  Crazy rideBecause I’m blessed to be in a position to have a voice, I consider it an honor to be different. The deeply understood reality of this quick, short life has resolved me to live it on my terms and not be ignorant to the reality that most of human suffering is tied to flexible beliefs. I’m not pushing my sexuality in anyone’s face as much as I’m being who I am. I’m not a gay songwriter as much as I’m a songwriter who happens to be gay. In regards to “Run,” I put a male actor in my video because the song was written about one. I fell in love with a boy and got my heart broken, so that’s what you’ll see.

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Celebrate National Coming Out Day With These Inspiring Video Tributes: WATCH

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Today marks the 26th anniversary of National Coming Out Day - a day of celebration and self-acceptance for the LGBT community and its allies. To mark the special occasion, check out these videos highlighting some of the celebrities and everyday people who have stood up, spoken out, and joined the "out" ranks. 

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British Reality Star Charlie King Comes Out as Gay on UK Talk Show: VIDEO

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Charlie King, one of the former stars of British reality TV show The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE - which also stars Dan Osborne) came out of the closet during a live interview on ITV's talk show This Morning. TOWIE has been compared to The Hills and Jersey Shore.

Said King:

"I feel that I'm ready now. I know that the time is now. Anybody that knows me knows that I've come off of The Only Way is Essex, and on that show they followed my storyline which was very much about that subject because I never really knew where I belonged and never really knew where I fitted in and it was something I had to address and it's taken me a good few years to really get here now and be able to say I'm Charlie, I'm 29 years old, I'm a gay man, and I'm very comfortable with that."

Watch part of King's coming out interview, as well as a clip from last year's season of the show in which he denies being gay, AFTER THE JUMP...

And then there's this:

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Raven-Symoné: 'I Don't Want to be Labeled Gay, I Want to be Labeled a Human Who Loves Humans' - VIDEO

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On Sunday's Where Are They Now, Oprah sat down with Raven-Symonè and asked the Cosby Show actress whether her tweet last year about how she could "finally get married" following the Supreme Court's repeal of DOMA was her way of coming out as gay.

Rather than put a label on her sexuality, Raven told Oprah she'd prefer to be known as a "human who loves humans" 

Raven2"That was my way of saying I'm proud of the country, but I will say I'm in an amazing, happy relationship with my partner - a woman. And on the other side, my mother and people in my family they've taught me to keep my personal life to myself as much as possible. So I try my best to hold the fence where I can, but I'm proud to be who I am and what I am."

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