"...We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick. This is my brick.”
This is an incredibly brave and well written statement.
Casey Newton's take on this is also worth reading, if only to try and understand what a big deal this could be for someone young, confused, and afraid.
This isn't one of those where we get to say 'move on - it's a private issue'. This is important, perhaps in a very small way, but important nonetheless.
Regardless of how Apple fares in the future and Tim Cook's role in how history judges the company, I hope he's most remembered for making an honest and brave statement that made a difference in many people's lives.
"So "move on," if Cook’s essay today makes you so uncomfortable. Return to talking about his fastidiousness, or his supply-chain management, or whatever. But there’s no moving on for me, not today. This I’m going to savor."