Apple’s Tim Cook wins key LGBTQ youth award
GLSEN, the leading education organization working to create safe and inclusive K-12 schools for LGBTQ youth, will honor Apple CEO Tim Cook with the Champion Award for his ongoing commitment to fighting for LGBTQ rights.
Innovation demands openness, curiosity and freedom
“I am grateful to GLSEN for this honor and for all their work to ensure the LGBTQ community is treated with dignity and respect,” said Tim Cook, CEO of Apple.
“At Apple, our commitment to inclusion helps us do our best work, each and every day. Innovation depends on openness to new ideas, a culture of curiosity and a climate free from shame and stigma — that’s true not only true for Apple, I believe it’s true for everyone.”
The ceremony will take place on Friday, October 25 at the GLSEN Respect Awards.
Additional honorees will be announced in the coming weeks.
Cook has championed inclusion and diversity, investing in educational opportunities for students of all ages and backgrounds, and ensuring Apple offices and stores are open and welcoming to everyone.
In the eight years since Tim became CEO, Apple has given millions of dollars to the American Red Cross and other NGOs, has become the largest corporate donor to (RED) to fight AIDS in Africa, and became Malala Fund’s first Laureate partner.
“GLSEN is profoundly honored to present the Champion Award to Apple CEO, Tim Cook, and to celebrate his visionary leadership and extraordinary philanthropic work, said Eliza Byard, Executive Director of GLSEN.
“In pursuing our mission to promote inclusive and affirming K-12 schools for LGBTQ students, we seek to bring about our shared vision of full inclusion for LGBTQ people everywhere and a more vibrant world.”
Cook keeps making a difference
Last year, he was again named to Fortune’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders list.
He has also been named Person of the Year by the Financial Times and honored with the Newseum’s Free Speech Award for using his position to take a public stand on important social issues.
In April 2018, observing the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference presented Tim with its Keeper of the Dream Award for Human Rights.
Apple has ranked #1 on Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies for the past twelve years, including each year Tim has been CEO.
The event is sponsored by Apple and Wells Fargo.
15-years of fighting for rights
Last year’s ceremony honored actress and activist Yara Shahidi; Will & Graceco-creators and executive producers Max Mutchnick & David Kohan; actress, producer, and activist Ellen Pompeo; Elizabeth Gabler, President, Fox 2000 Pictures, accepting on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox Film; and Student Advocate of the Year Ruby Noboa.
The GLSEN Respect Awards, introduced in 2004 and held annually in Los Angeles and New York, showcase the work of students, educators, community leaders, and corporations who serve as exemplary role models and have made a significant impact on the lives of LGBTQ youth.
Past honorees include Kerry Washington, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg, Julia Roberts and Danny Moder, Zendaya, Brendon Urie, Shonda Rhimes, and Carla Gugino.