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Tim Cook Raih Penghargaan Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award

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CEO Apple Tim Cook akhir pekan lalu menerima penghargaan terhormat Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award di Washington D.C. AS sebagai pemimpin yang vocal mengenai komunitas LGBT.

Sebagaimana dilansir Re/code dalam pidatonya, Tim Cook mengatakan bahwa tujuannya untuk menghapuskan diskriminasi semakin dekat seperti yang diperjuangkan oleh Martin Luther King.

“We are closer than ever to the day Martin Luther King dreamed of when when his children would only be judged by the content of their character,” Cook said on stage. “But that day is not here yet.”

Pria berusia 54 tahun itu lebih lanjut mengatakan bahwa terkadang semua orang harus menyuarakan isi hatinya. Menurutnya pilihan hidup seseorang bukanlah sesuatu yang membatasinya untuk didengarkan orang lain.

“I wrote an essay that was deeply personal. I wanted to lend my voice to people who might not be ready to exercise theirs. It was an open letter to the public, but it was addressed most of all to everyone who had been rejected by their friends, their communities, or even their families simply because of who they are. I’ll tell you I did not do it for attention. I’m a private person by nature. Growing up I was taught that you distinguish yourself in life by what you do, not by what you say or by how loudly you say it. But sometimes you just have to be loud. People need to hear that being gay is not a limitation. People need to hear that being gay doesn’t restrict your options in life. People need to hear that you can be gay or transgender and be whatever else you want to in life.”

Pidato Tim Cook selengkapnya bisa kamu saksikan di video berikut:

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Pemberian penghargaan HRC Visibility Award hadir menyusul Tim Cook pernah mengungkapkan bahwa dirinya adalah seorang penyuka sesama jenis pada tahun 2014 lalu. Ia adalah satu-satunya pemimpin perusahaan teknologi yang berani mengungkapkan pilihan orientasi seksualitasnya kepada publik.


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