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Tim Cook Gets Intimate on 60 Minutes

Tim Cook Gets Intimate on 60 Minutes

Tim Cook

The main discussion was on Apple's business practices but the CEO also talked about being a gay role model.

60 Minutes devoted much of Sunday's episode to an interview with Tim Cook, the out CEO of one of the largest corporations in the world. While much of the discussion focused on Apple's business practices -- including its use of encryption, its hiring of workers in China, and accusations that it seeks tax shelters in foreign countries -- journalist Charlie Rose did bring up Cook's relatively recent coming-out.

Cook described why he sees being gay as a benefit: "When you're in a minority group, it gives you a sense of empathy of what it's like to be in the minority, and you begin to look at things from different point of views, and I think it was a gift for me."

Since he came out, Apple's CEO has become an outspoken advocate for LGBT equality. When Indiana passed a bill earlier this year that would have allowed businesses to discriminate against gay people, Cook blasted Gov. Mike Pence in a Washington Post op-ed. Cook also unsuccessfully urged Alabama to enact LGBT protections, and made a large donation to the Human Rights Campaign.

Rose asked why Cook didn't come out sooner. The executive said he valued his privacy but eventually realized his impact as an out gay leader would be too great to pass up.

"But it became increasingly clear to me that if I said something that it could help other people. And I'm glad, because I think that some kid somewhere, some kid in Alabama, I think if they just for a moment stop and say, 'If it didn't limit him, it may not limit me.' Or this kid that's getting bullied. Or worse, I've gotten notes from people contemplating suicide. And so if I could touch just one of those, it's worth it. And I couldn't look myself in the mirror without doing it."

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