Apple CEO Tim cook became the winner of the “Prize of freedom of expression” (Free Expression Award 2017) for “an uncompromising struggle for the protection of human rights”, in particular people based on sexual orientation. The award ceremony will be held in April of this year.
Tim cook was selected by the authoritative jury of the Newseum, the Washington Museum media. Criteria of the award in respect of the nominee are the protection of human rights, personal openness and courage. It must represent a non-governmental organization that makes an important contribution to social change within the country, possibly to be its leader.
It is known that Apple CEO openly supported the law banning employment discrimination against gays and lesbians. A few days later the U.S. Senate voted for the bill prohibiting the firing of employees due to their sexual orientation, as well as to deny gays and lesbians in employment, and he greeted the decision in his Twitter.
Cook admitted homosexuality in 2014, although rumors of his homosexual went a long time. “Still I confessed publicly of their orientation. Now I want to be clear: I’m proud that I’m gay, and I consider it one of the greatest gifts from the Lord,” — he said then.
Earlier Apple CEO was awarded the Robert Kennedy for protecting the rights of gays and lesbians, and the award of the society for the protection of human rights National Visibility Award for the fight against inequality and discrimination. The CEO made a speech response, which told about the desire to continue to protect the rights of people with different sexual orientation.