Tim Cook, the brand new CEO of Apple, is gay. Everyone’s got that.
What’s unclear is how much - if at all - the media should be focusing on that one fact.
This is an age-old debate in the field of LGBT media: is it important to note that public officials, celebrities, world leaders or other important people are gay? Many would argue yes. A great Reuters blog linked above explains why.
Here’s my perception of the argument, and I basically agree with it: though a person’s sexual orientation may not be relevant to the reason they made the news (i.e. Tim Cook selected as CEO), the fact that they made the news is relevant to the LGBT community.
If an LGBT person makes strides or achieves greatness where no LGBT person has done so before, it does a disservice to the LGBT community to ignore the fact that the person is LGBT. Failing to mention the person’s sexual orientation is a way of veiling the truth, pretending that the orientation isn’t there, suggesting we should ignore the fact that gay people are gay and gay people do great things too.
What do you think?