|Apple CEO Tim Cook/|
Photograph by Ashley Gilbertson
for Bloomberg Businessweek
PFLAG National Executive Director Jody M. Huckaby had the following to say today regarding the coming-out announcement from Apple CEO Tim Cook:
"Every time someone tells their story, it changes hearts and minds. However, too many Americans fail to realize that in places like Tim Cook's home state of Alabama, people can be fired or discriminated against because of who they are or whom they love.
As we've seen in so many workplace place environments, people are starting to feel more comfortable bringing their whole, authentic selves to the office. Tim Cook is also very fortunate to live in California, a state which has workplace protections in place, so that no one can be discriminated against for their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Sadly, this is not the case for millions of other LGBTQ people who are neither CEOs, nor living in a state with such protections. I hope that Mr. Cook will join PFLAG National and the broad coalition of other organizations in asking the House to bring the Employment Nondiscrimination Act to a vote--and soon--so that others may enjoy this same opportunity."