...why is this news? I couldn't care less about Tim Cook'sÃ"or anyone else'sÃ"sexual practices.
However, I'd like to take this opportunity to publicly come out as heterosexual.
While I never hid my sexuality from friends, family, and close co-workers, I decided it was time to make it publicly known in the hopes that the information will help others who don't feel comfortable to do so. "I don't consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I've benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that a Slashdotter is straight 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 the U.S. has made progress in recent years toward marriage equality, including polygamy, there is still work to be done. "[T]here 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 straight, or where we can be barred from visiting sick spouses and sharing in their legacies. Countless people, particularly kids, face fear and abuse every day because of their sexual orientation."