Tim Cook is still America’s biggest LGBT power player

Out Magazine ranked Tim Cook as the most influential LGBT person of 2016 in its 10th annual power list that charts everything from a person’s impact on the economy, political clout, and how they change our world view,” Buster Hein reports for Cult of Mac.

“Other notable figures on Out’s PowerList also includes Ellen DeGeneres, news anchors Rachel Maddow and Anderson Cooper, Caitlyn Jenner, and angel investor Peter Thiel,” Hein reports.

Of Apple CEO Tim Cook, Out writes:

Since coming out publicly in 2014, the Apple CEO has vocally supported diversity, most recently donating iPads and Macs in 29 states as part of a $100 million commitment to improve technology in public schools with minority students. Once intensely private, Cook appeared last September on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” to explain why he decided to discuss his personal life: “It became so clear to me that kids were getting basically discriminated against, kids were even being disclaimed by their own parents, and that I needed to do something.” It wasn’t product launches, but rather Apple’s standoff with the FBI that has been the biggest risk of Cook’s tenure. He decided the company wouldn’t comply with a federal court order to help unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists, arguing that doing so could set a “dangerous precedent that threatens everyone’s civil liberties.”

Out’s 10th Annual Power List – Top 10

1. Tim Cook: CEO, Apple, 55
2. Ellen DeGeneres: Talk Show Host/Producer/Spokesperson, 58
3. Rachel Maddow: News Anchor/Political Commentator, 43
4. Anderson Cooper: News Anchor, 48
5. Ryan Murphy:, Writer/Director/Producer, 50
6. Mary Kay Henry: International President, SEIU, 58
7. Andy Cohen: TV Producer/Talk Show Host, 47
8. Caitlyn Jenner: TV Personality/Olympian, 66
9. Sia Furler: Singer/Songwriter/Producer, 40
10. Peter Thiel: Entrepreneur/Investor, 48

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]

57 Comments

    1. I’ve been a proponent of sum sex marriages for bisexuals for a while.

      LGBT means lesbian, gay (both redundant in my books), bisexual and transgender. Heterosexuals are strangely absent but I think they have some sex marriage arrangement. The redundant gay/lesbians has some sort of same sex marriage arrangement, at least from nations of the free and civilized world.

      Try to find a sum sex marriage for a bisexual anywhere is a challenge. You can check out the legal status of polygamy online, it’s pretty well limited to one continent and usually has a religious and/or cultural attachment.

      Face it, the B in LGBT is not being service, nor will it be until sum sex marriages become part of the human psyche. After all, marriage is defined as a relationship you should have between a man and a woman, and only a sum sex marriage will address that.

      1. You’re having fun with this, aren’t you? Your wordplay indicates as much: same sex, some sex, sum sex. Too bad you didn’t think of sans sex, i.e. virgins and other abstainers like nuns and priests. Also sim sex, which is highly prevalent in the videogame franchise The Sims.

        The B part of the acronym is not well understood and so humourous references do not work. I respect you for trying, but even standup comedians avoid this particular social and genetic cul-de-sac because the laughter instinct is defeated by it. Further research is required before the general public is educated enough to get the joke.

        1. Yes I’m having fun with this. Do be careful though, I did focus on the concept of some sex marriage, same sex marriage, and sum sex marriage, not sex per se. If I had it would have been a much longer post, and don’t get me going about other species cause frankly when it comes to sex, humans are pretty well on the lower end of the sex link scale.

          Bisexuals are not well understood in sexually repressed area. Just give a listen to Long John Baldry’s “A Thrill’s a Thrill” and you’ll be sexposed to one of the first bisexual mentions in modern music, but bisexual marriages may have gone back to biblical times. I mean do you really think King Solomon didn’t have an orgy or two. and the Inuit incorporated bisexual principles as a part of their survival tactics.

          There is lots of humor available for stand up comics and though I prefer to sit I’ll share a few titbits:

          -Bisexual at a bar has to work twice as hard as a straight or gay (that includes lesbians) to get lucky.
          -Bisexual at a bar has to to work it twice as hard as a straight or gay to get them lucky.
          -Bisexuals can run AC/DC at once.
          -A bisexual at a bar doesn’t care who takes them home.

          It’s not only about education in the logic realm it’s about tolerance and empathy and when it comes to emotions, a lot of the western world operates on the low level base emotions. They are just waiting to evolve, it will happen.

          1. I have observed you engaging other raving maniacs with consideration, and even sympathy. Almost no one does that, and I wonder how you constrain your emotions in a way the rest of us can’t seem to do.

            A more intriguing thing is that you theorise about sex rather than express a political opinion about it. I am at a loss, and can only suppose that you are a practical thinker, along the lines of Henry David Thoreau. Such people are rare.

            1. I am humbled and awed by your observational insight. It is not a constraint of emotion, rather connecting and combining to produce a synergetic state. As an analogy the passionate red, the green innocence, the sad blues are like energetic colors that when combined produce that white light, more than the sum of themselves. It even combined with the dichotomy of logic, for logic dictates that there is more than itself.

              I know it is rare, few can see much less process such an evolutionary state yet these dark technological times (known as the indigo stage) is a prelude to humanity totally attuned to and operative within the spectrum of environmental energies. It will bring forth a complete synaesthesia, a condition of planetary synthesis almost unthinkable today.

              As always a pleasure to exchange ideas with you. Keep on shinning.

    2. Caitlyn Jenner needs to be off that list IMO. She’s pretty embarrassing all in all. I mean, she backs Ted Cruz for President, someone who would happily push the lot of us back into the closet and lock the door. What sort of messed up Stockholm Syndrome causes that dichotomy of thinking?

      The Wachowski sisters are much better ambassadors for the T part of LGBT.

        1. We all deviate from the “norm” in one way or another. The important thing is that providing we’re not hurting anyone else then we should all be treated equally.

        2. If Tim Cook is a Deviant running one of the largest companies in the world and doing quite well at it with record profits every quarter the past several years, then what does that make you?
          Nothing to write home about, otherwise you’d be too busy to be hatin’. I’ve noticed haters and trolls have menial jobs selling iphones at Walmart since their track record prevents them from even getting a coveted position at an Apple store… much less running their own successful businesses. ha!

        1. If Tim Cook is a Deviant running one of the largest companies in the world and doing quite well at it with record profits every quarter the past several years, then what does that make you?
          Nothing to write home about, otherwise you’d be too busy to be hatin’. I’ve noticed haters and trolls have menial jobs selling iphones at Walmart since their track record prevents them from even getting a coveted position at an Apple store… much less running their own successful businesses. ha!

  1. LGBT have a special list just for themselves. A sad and pathetic statement that demonstrates a need to feel both unique and unremarkably similar. Since when did a person’s sexual preference become something to be celebrated? I suppose we will see lists for powerful people who are polygamists, adulterers, pedophiles; commit incest, necrophilia, and beastiality.

      1. Because each “group” has a list is meaningless. What’s the point? The fact that a member of a group has done something of impotence or significance or something of importance or signifcance was accomplished? The act of significance or importance is more real than the person’s sexual predilection. There is absolutely no correlation between the act of importance or significance and the sexual predilection of the person. There are idiot and moron straights and queers, and there are innovative and creative straights and queers. Sexual preference is not a prerequisite to human greatness. Tim Cook is queer, but that does not make him eminently qualified as CEO of Apple.

        1. You are focussing on just this one list. You might as well moan about a list of “the most powerful women in America” or “the most powerful sportsmen in America”.

          And if you really see them all as pointless, then I guess you see all the differences that make up humanity as pointless too. Here’s a list for you.

          Top 10 Joyless Individuals who live in a grey grey world

          1. Joe
          2. Er….
          3. That’s it.

  2. Everything has become focussed through the PC lens of anything-but-normal sex. I’ve never cared about someone’s sexuality, but I’m about sick and fucking tired of the Gay mob jumping on every issue as if they are the only ones that matter.

    Yes, I am talking about the new law in North Carolina, and all the dimwitted people that don’t have the stamina to read the actual law but will jump on any popularity bandwagon rolling through SJWville with a camera pointed at it.

    Yeah, it’s ALL about you (few) people. Always!!!

    1. Here’s the problem with the North Carolina law. It not only allows for discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but it prohibits local municipalities from prohibiting discrimination in areas outside of employment by the municipality.

      So no, this isn’t about any LGBT thinking “it’s all about them”, it’s about someone who is LGBT not having legal protection against discrimination in getting a job, service at restaurant, hotel, hospital, police, fire department, being allowed to attend a school, etc…

      Stop whining about your own miserable situation and realize there are people facing real discrimination and the North Carolina law just makes things worse for no other reason other than bigotry.

      TL;DR: Nobody in North Carolina was saying as an LGBT they wanted preferential treatment, nor where they saying they wanted non-LGBT to be discriminated against. They’re simply saying that as LGBT, they want the same rights and non-discrimination protection that non-LGBT people have.

        1. Did you actually read what you linked to?

          Read what I wrote again, specifically the very first paragraph:
          “Here’s the problem with the North Carolina law. It not only allows for discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but it prohibits local municipalities from prohibiting discrimination in areas outside of employment by the municipality.”

          Exactly which one of those points do you think is in conflict with what I just wrote? (hint: it’s none of them).

          And by the way, that article is clearly biased. See “13. Will this bill affect North Carolina’s ability to create or recruit jobs?”

          The article says no, but companies have already announced plans to move out of North Carolina or cancel plans to move there and events (that result in jobs) have been canceled. See:
          http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/news/a43931/north-carolina-anti-lgbt-law-boycott/

          1. Again, point to the specific part of the bill that allows discrimination. OR just keep saying the same thing over and over.

            And your interpretation of #13 shows your reading bias, as the law doesn’t affect North Carolina’s ABILITY to create or recruit. That is being done by the ‘blood sells’ media and lazy readers like you.

            My God, it is so childish to believe that states would pass a bill to discriminate in this day and age. It’s not like the DEMOCRATS are still running the South….

            1. I would highly recommend reading the Wikipedia entry on the bill: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Facilities_Privacy_%26_Security_Act

              First sentence, second paragraph:
              A contentious element of the bill is the part that eliminates anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, and legislates that individuals only use bathrooms that correspond to their biological sex, defined in the bill as the sex appearing on the individual’s birth certificate.

              If you think the Wikipedia article is wrong feel free to submit a correction, but you might want to check their references first.

              However, if you want to go by the text of the bill, see these sections:
              SECTION 3.1. G.S. 143-422.2
              (a) It is the public policy of this State to protect and safeguard the right and opportunity of all persons to seek, obtain and hold employment without discrimination or abridgement on account of race, religion, color, national origin, age, biological sex or handicap by employers
              which regularly employ 15 or more employees.

              Note that it says “biological” sex, not gender identity. It also omits sexual orientation. In the next section, the bill goes on to say that local governments can’t make laws in conflict with the state law, hence not allowing a local government to provide additional protections:

              (b) The General Assembly declares that the regulation of discriminatory practices in employment is properly an issue of general, statewide concern, such that this Article and other applicable provisions of the General Statutes supersede and preempt any ordinance, regulation, resolution, or policy adopted or imposed by a unit of local government or other political subdivision of the State that regulates or imposes any requirement upon an employer pertaining to the regulation of discriminatory practices in employment, except such regulations applicable to personnel employed by that body that are not otherwise in conflict with State law.

              Look, if you want to accept discrimination against any group, at least be decent enough to admit that’s what you want and not hide behind some excuse that it’s not discrimination when absolutely every credible source says that it is.

              Even the article you linked to doesn’t disagree with me.

              Again, point to anything that says otherwise.

            2. “Gender identity” is EXACTLY what the bill is made to define. If you have a dick, you go to the men’s room, no matter how you ‘feel’ that day. If you DON’T have one, you go to the ladies room. Simple, unless of course you are looking for ANYTHING to call discrimination.

              So, what if you are transgender, and had the final operation to become transexual?
              You have your birth certificate changed, which is part of the process in N.C., and you then HAVE to use the facility that fits your new ‘orientation’.

              Where do you see discrimination? How???
              You pretend that a bill designed to guard against STRAIGHT men using loopholes to gain access to little girl’s room has more of an impact on adults who feel a little uncomfortable peeing with other men….get over it. There are more important issues in the world that where a minute number of people shit, which is exactly what your argument is, a load of crap!

            3. I don’t know if English is your second language, but you’re very confused here.

              The law does multiple things. One of which is in regards to bathroom restrictions. Another, which is what I’ve been talking about all along is in regards to workplace discrimination.

              You seem to be ignoring the very point being made when reading even just the excerpt from the law.

              Where do you see discrimination?

              Here it is again:
              SECTION 3.1. G.S. 143-422.2
              (a) It is the public policy of this State to protect and safeguard the right and opportunity of all persons to seek, obtain and hold employment without discrimination or abridgement on account of race, religion, color, national origin, age, biological sex or handicap by employers
              which regularly employ 15 or more employees.

              Note again, it says “biological sex” and does not include any language to include sexual orientation or gender identity.

              It then goes on to ban local anti-discrimination laws. Specifically, it was written and rushed through to block Charlotte’s recently passed bill that would’ve prevented discrimination against LGBT in the workplace. Read this:
              http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/03/north-carolina-lgbt-discrimination-transgender-bathrooms/475125/

              Whatever your thoughts are on the bathroom part of it, set that aside and look at the employment discrimination part of it. Again, go to any credible news source. They’re all in agreement.

              Look… here it is from the Governor of North Carolina’s own mouth. He doesn’t believe the state should have anti-discrimination protection in the workplace for LGBT people in non-government jobs. He further doesn’t believe local governments should be allowed to provide the protection:
              http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/video/full-interview-nc-gov-pat-mccrory-discusses-his-state-s-bathroom-law-667905091935

              “You pretend that a bill designed to guard against STRAIGHT men using loopholes to gain access to little girl’s room has more of an impact on adults who feel a little uncomfortable peeing with other men….get over it.”

              You’re seeing things that aren’t there while at the same time refusing to see other things that are there. Where in this thread have I even mentioned the bathroom or peeing? Here, here is my very first paragraph. How was this confusing to you:
              Here’s the problem with the North Carolina law. It not only allows for discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but it prohibits local municipalities from prohibiting discrimination in areas outside of employment by the municipality.

              You’re still claiming discrimination has nothing to do with it, when the law itself has sections relating to discrimination and the governor was just on television today talking about signing the law to undo the anti-discrimination law passed in Charlotte.

              If you’re not going to read the law itself, at least read the Wiki summary. It talks about this in the first couple of paragraphs.

            4. And your interpretation of #13 shows your reading bias, as the law doesn’t affect North Carolina’s ABILITY to create or recruit.

              How the heck do you consider companies leaving, and job producing events being canceled not affecting the state’s ability to create jobs? (hint: fewer companies = fewer opportunities for jobs)

            5. Because it wasn’t the bill that directly did this. Can you not see that? It is the whipped up media, PR whores and a bunch of idiots.

            6. What kind of logic fail is that???

              One impact of the law was the reaction by corporations and individuals that decided to boycott North Carolina and cancel events.

              You can call them idiots all you want, but the reality is, the law passed and people reacted. That reaction affected the state’s ability to create jobs.

              Claiming it didn’t “directly” affect jobs is meaningless, because obviously nobody claimed that the law had any language that would directly reduce jobs. That’s an incredibly stupid logic fail of an argument.

              The claim, which is 100% accurate, is that the law was going to cost North Carolina jobs and cost the economy. Nobody with credibility is disputing that this occured.

            1. Oh, I totally admit there is a lot of inconsistency in terms of actions taken in protest of North Carolina, but there are numerous reasons for this and it’s considerably more complex than it may seem.

              For example, one major consideration is how hard protest can push to affect change. In some cases, very small steps must be taken. In other cases the situation is way to volatile (like many places in the Middle East).

              Here in North Carolina, the law is new. Protesting/Boycotting can make a difference… it almost immediately did as the Governor issued a back-peddling executive order allowing local governments to implement additional non-discrimination protections although only for employees of the local government.

              If the companies/artist were REALLY serious, they would protest places that ACTUALLY HAVE LAWS AGAINST HOMOSEXUALITY rather than quietly take the money and run back home to scream about how ‘intolerant’ Southerners are.

              Well when a southern state passes a law based on intolerance, it doesn’t exactly help their reputation.

            2. Well, I don’t think you know the difference between common sense and intolerance. Again, it is all about your feelings, isn’t it?

              Do this, explain to me how you settle this issue? Just let anyone go where they want to? If they are single stall rooms, this is no issue. Try changing a sports complex or office building to that.

              Seriously, explain how this issue can be fixed.

            3. As I said in a previous comment, nothing that I’ve said here has been about the bathrooms. It’s been about the workplace discrimination part of the bill.

              “Intolerance” is not providing the same discrimination protections in the workplace for people who are LGBT as you would any other class of people.

  3. Oh no, someone has put together a list of people who have overcome all the discrimination, hatred, violence, bigotry and other bullshit one must face as being LGBT to become extremely successful in their fields.

    Let open the gates of whiners crying about reverse discrimination and “boo-hoo, where’s my list?”!!!

    I’d expect no less from the comment section here at MDN.

        1. Your counterpoint makes no sense sinc T-Mac isn’t whining.

          Anyone that is successful has to naturally overcome some type of adversity. Short, skinny, fat, ugly, white, black, poor, illiterate…whatever.

          Let’s face it, homosexuality doesn’t make you special, it makes you different. And guys like you will never feel ‘normal’ unless you can destroy and redefine everything that is normal.

          I find it hilariously hypocritical that Liberals who worship Nature and Science find ways to ignore it.

          Liberalism is a mental disorder.

          1. I agree that liberalism is a belief system that encourages knee-jerk responses to key words. Their hypocrisy is easily documented. And it is a type of mental disorder, to be sure—in family get-togethers, our elders go on and on about this injustice or that—and none of us has been able to shut them up. Afterward, they reject our entreaties that they should seek professional help—they slap us down with insults about being ungrateful runts. We love them but their political delusions have forced us to obtain a court order seizing control of their assets. Better us than the fucking whales.

            1. Donald Trump for the win! — Another plain speaker like Mark Twain, transcending the abstract policies everyone obsesses about — and getting to the emotional meat of the carcass. He’s a Ronald Reagan for a cynical age.

          2. If it only makes us different why support laws that specially discriminate against LGBTs?

            There’s no law banning left-handed people doing things right-handed people do.

            Face facts. Certain types are always trying to treat LGBT people in a special way, by refusing to accept us as having equal status.

          3. “Your counterpoint makes no sense sinc T-Mac isn’t whining.”

            Here’s the timeline:

            1) LGBT suffering years of being abused, attacked, raped, murdered, tortured and discriminated against made a list of top people who’ve overcome the adversities that come with simply being born LGBT in this world as it stands today.

            2) As typical here on MDN, we get a bunch of lazy people miserable with their own pathetic lives despite having nowhere near the adversity that people born LGBT face decide they’re going to be casual (or in some cases, blatant) bigots and homophobes, and start whining about “where’s my list” and other such BS.

            3) I point out how these people, typical of MDN commenters, always seem to whine and cry boo-hoo about reverse discrimination for the silliest of reasons (such as this article).

            4) Thelonious Mac (who’s one of the few commenters here that I respect), complains in a comment that I’m a whiner for complaining in my comment.

            5) Fair enough, but my counterpoint is that if complaining about anything makes one guilty of crying and whining, TM is just as guilty, as like him, I’m complaining about others… in my case, those crying boo-hoo about reverse discrimination for not being put on a stupid friggin list.

            “Anyone that is successful has to naturally overcome some type of adversity.”

            Right, and you can’t even begin to compare the adversity of someone at the age of these people on the list who are LGBT and often faced very real physical threats to their lives as well as abuse, attacks, and discrimination allowed by law.

            “Let’s face it, homosexuality doesn’t make you special, it makes you different.”

            It makes me nothing as I’m not LGBT.

            “And guys like you will never feel ‘normal’ unless you can destroy and redefine everything that is normal.”

            Again, I’m not LGBT myself. Furthermore… how exactly is the list in this article destroying and redefining anything at all???

            See, this is exactly what I’m talking about. I don’t know anyone in the LGBT community, nor leaders that represent them in groups like HRC that have made any comments or have any interest whatsoever in being “special”, being treated differently, destroying anything or forcing other people to live their lives any differently other than to not be treated differently by them in areas where it counts… marriage, schools, jobs, businesses, hospitals, etc…

            That so much abuse, rape, torture, discrimination, etc.. occurs against LGBT people is exactly why they need to for pro-LGBT organizations to fight for equal rights and to provide either roll models or encouragement and support for those who may be LGBT and trapped in abusive situations.

            If you’re not a bigoted homophobe, why should you even care? Other than not treating them any differently when it comes to jobs, schools, hospitals, etc… how does it even affect you?

            What’s your issue that you would even click on this article?

            “I find it hilariously hypocritical that Liberals who worship Nature and Science find ways to ignore it.”

            And there we go.

            “Liberalism is a mental disorder.”

            I’m not a liberal, not that I agree that it’s a disorder of any kind, just a different ideology. My voting record would show this as I’ve been part of the GOP since I first voted for Ronald Reagan when I turned 18. Calling liberalism a mental disorder instead of arguing any specific tenant of the ideology simply discredits you as a little name calling kid.

            And being a conservative doesn’t mean being a bigot or a homophobe.

            1. Hey! – kevicosuave! What about North Carolina’s “Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act” – is it good enough for you or not??? I’d like to know what’s your opinion on that. I personally like it! It’s common sense and not some another liberal nightmare. It’s a shame that a couple of artists, one cyrcus and PayPal started a protest on the law and discriminating North Carolina by refusing to make business there but at least it won’t expose 99.999% of kids and let say at least 90% of adults to dangerous potential exploits made by crazy people as this world is far from utopia. Right? I wish to state that I respect the LGBT’s community fight for their rights. I just don’t agree with some of their legislative propositions. That’s all. But their arguments definitely should be heard. Nobody’s normal. And extreme liberalism is at least a mental disorder because it doesn’t ask itself a fundamental question – what will be the cost of all these social justice delusional mental-utopia tweaks? And how many people gonna pay for it?

    1. It seems appropriate to give a shout out to Lynn Conway, without whose heroic efforts in developing the way to do VLSI design, the PC and likely this very forum would not exist.

        1. I have another one for you. Sophie Wilson, who designed the instruction set for the Acorn RISC Machine (ARM).

          Yes, that’s ARM as in the basis of all processors used in iDevices.

    1. I wish they’d do better work on OS X, too. But I can’t imagine that the engineers are distracted by front office shenanigans. Shutting up the front office isn’t going to translate into better software engineering. All that would accomplish is that the complaints would continue to be about the bloated OS X operating system, without any red herring of an excuse.

  4. It surprises me that NC, with its history of disenfranchisement, bigotry, segregation, persecution and even slavery would want to introduce any law that restricts or removes rights rather than expands rights. We’ve seen what happens when governments introduce laws that restrict and remove rights from people. Why repeat that history? Why not transmute that history into becoming a place of expanding rights and freedoms? That would show that some genuine reflection on NC’s history has taken place and that there’s an earnest desire to learn from the past and correct the mistakes. Then NC could truly become a Beacon on the Hill. Shame they’ve missed this opportunity to depart from their bigoted past.

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