Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out: “I’m proud to be gay”

Tim CookApple CEO Tim Cook came out as gay in an essay published this morning, Oct. 30, in Bloomberg Businessweek:

While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.

It was the worst kept secret in the country. Named CEO of Apple in 2011, we reported it then. Cook has long been suspected as being gay, but has never brought up his sexual orientation. In 2011, OUT named him the most powerful LGBT person in the United States. A CNBC host accidentally outed him in June.

Cook spoke during his inauguration into the Alabama Academy of Honor, denouncing Alabama, his home state, for stalling on LGBT rights on this past Monday, Oct. 27, according to Business Insider.

The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce lauded Cook’s decision to come out in a statement: “[As] the business voice of the LGBT community, [we] commend Tim Cook for his moving and heartfelt coming out essay. While his story and success are unique, we are proud to say we hear about similar journeys every day from the LGBT Americans, including those who are part of NGLCC. Our goal is to expand economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people. Tim’s words today will help us in that mission. They also serve as an opening of the door for other LGBT CEOs and senior executives to move forward in knowing there is a safe place for them in the business world.”

—  James Russell

REVIEW: “Albert Nobbs” and the mystery of identity

Unlike The Crying Game, where the sex of a character is a major twist about halfway through, the genders of the characters in Albert Nobbs is not much in doubt: Glenn Close is a big star with above-the-title billing — her butched-up face is the ad campaign. And yet there is just as much mystery here, albeit of a different kind. This is a story of identity that’s almost impenetrable.

Albert (Close) is a gentlemanly servant at a high-end boutique hotel in Ireland. Everyone admires Albert: The women appreciate his respectful demeanor, his male co-workers his work ethic, the boss, Mrs. Baker (Pauline Collins), his reliability. But no one really knows Albert, who lives in a small room in the attic and squirrels away his money and dreams of something else.

But really, Albert doesn’t even know himself. He has been living as a man for decades — who knows how long? — and cannot even remember a time when he (or she) was not Albert. He has become so repressed, he almost doesn’t have a personality anymore.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Grindr pays respects to Steve Jobs

No doubt you’ve been either part of the public grieving process for Apple founder Steve Jobs, or have suffered through it. In our little way, we’re going to add to that. Of course, we appreciate that Jobs’ innovation allows us to do our jobs here at Dallas Voice, but why would you want to hear from us when you can hear from Grindr?

The app for locating a nearby potential hookup and the iPhone were a match made in heaven for gay men and led to similar apps like Scruff, Growlr and ReCon.

Grindr just posted the following statement from founder Joel Simkhai:

—  Rich Lopez

Dynamic duo

New partners Curtis Cook and Shane Friesenhahn shake their booty … camp

There’s the nursery rhyme that begins, “Jack Sprat could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean… .” But apparently if Jack Sprat were in a same-sex relationship, it would be a fat-free household all the way around. Such is the case with this month’s fitness profile: Curtis Cook and Shane Friesenhahn. The lads have been together for just three months, but the real number that caught our eye was their collective body fat: 19 percent and shrinking by the day. How do they do it? Diet, exercise and rewarding a great workout with a sexy new swimsuit rather than a hot fudge sundae.

— Jef Tingley

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Names and ages: Curtis James Cook, 24, and Shane Friesenhahn, 37.

Occupations: Cook: HAMP processor at Nationstar Mortgage; Friesenhahn: owner of Silk Sculptures, a floral design studio.

Length of relationship: Three months

Sports and activities: Pool volleyball and Dr. Peay’s Booty Camp

Exercise regime: Cook: I attend Dr. Peay’s Booty Camp two days a week and go to L.A. Fitness a couple times a week. When I go to the gym, I always do abs first, then either upper body or legs followed by 15 to 20 minutes of cardio. My workout usually totals around an hour to an hour and a half.  My goal is to go to the gym on my days off of [boot camp], but it doesn’t always happen.

Friesenhahn:  [Boot camp] five days a week, which consists of cardio, Plyometrics and light resistance training.

Upcoming fitness goals: Cook: I’m lean, but I want to be toned. My goal is a slightly bigger chest and defined mid section. I also want my body fat around 8 percent; as of the beginning of July it was 12 percent. I think my goal of toning up will automatically help me reach my body fat percentage goal.

Friesenhahn: I’m currently right below 8 percent body fat, but my new goal is to boast a “lean and mean” 6.5 percent — a little bones showing never looked so good! I will say that making better nutritional choices, mostly organic, really helps.

Best “eat this, not that” tip: Friesenhahn: Well, instead of Krispy Kreme donuts or a starchy cereal, I replace it with whole fruits such as blueberries, a Pink Lady apple or grapefruit. As for my sweet tooth, I am in love with organic crunchy peanut butter with a banana or a piece of gluten free bread that has live sprouted grains. I am also an avid believer in supplements including as astaxanthin, fish oil and many others.

Workout preference: mornings or evenings? Cook: I like both. I would like to work out in the mornings more, but it is just so hard to get up that early.

Friesenhahn: Evenings mostly, but just to mix it up I do like to attend the “crack of dawn” morning workouts as well.

How do you survive an outdoor workout in the Texas heat? Friesenhahn:  My exercise group works out in the shade, unless we are running the typical mile required. Everyone brings the essentials like water and Gatorade. Sometimes [our trainer] brings ice when it’s really hot. The main thing is to read your own body and take mini breaks to regroup. Other than that, I really enjoy sweating and releasing toxins.

Favorite spot in North Texas to exercise indoors: Cook: The L.A. Fitness by my work in Lewisville, because I don’t feel like I’m being cruised the entire time.

If you could become an Olympian in any sport, what would it be and why: Cook: I’ve always wanted to do gymnastics. The parallel bars and tumbling are my favorite. I even took tumbling private [lessons] for a month when I was 20 and learned a back handspring in only four sessions.

Friesenhahn: Ice figure skating. The blend of artistry and athleticism is super challenging. I used to roller skate my long drive as a kid and pretend I was practicing for the next Olympics!

How do you reward yourself for a great work out: Friesenhahn:  Two ways. First is a trip to Yumilicious. Then on to find an even more “skimpy” swimsuit to wear at the next pool get together.

Cook: I definitely don’t eat badly afterwards because then I feel guilty and it’s as if I just negated the entire work out. I reward myself by maybe buying something a little smaller and more fitting because I know I will look good in it. I also like to go lay out in my Speedo after a good week of working out because I feel confident with my body.  Basically I reward myself by showing it off.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 26, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

What’s Brewing: Gay man takes over Apple; judge allows jury to weigh lesser charge for McInerney

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Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. New Apple CEO Tim Cook may be the most powerful gay man in the world. Even before Cook was named CEO after Steve Jobs’ resignation on Wednesday — and even though he’s not really out — he was No. 1 on Out magazine’s Power 50.

2. A judge ruled Wednesday that the jury can consider a lesser offense of voluntary manslaughter for 17-year-old Brandon McInerney, charged with first-degree murder for fatally shooting gay 15-year-old Lawrence King in 2008. A voluntary manslaughter conviction could result in a sentence of as little as 14 years, while a first-degree murder charge carries a mandatory 50. Closing arguments begin this morning in McInerney’s trial.

3. Even though his killers yelled anti-gay taunts, police aren’t investigating the beating death of a gay Iowa teen as a hate crime. Marcellus Richard Andrews, 19, died Sunday from injuries he suffered in the incident early Friday in Waterloo, Iowa. Authorities say “bad blood” between the parties, not anti-gay hatred, motivated the attack.

—  John Wright

News: Blizzard, Speedo, John Wilkes Booth, Apple, Lady Gaga

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0fdc97d970b-pi If you're in the Northeast, you're probably reading this while trapped indoors. A blizzard will pound the region today and tomorrow.

Speedo 6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0fdc97d970b-pi In defense of the Speedo: a history. Worldwide sales of the scanty swimwear jumped 44 percent in 2010.

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0fdc97d970b-pi The next things up Apple's sleeve are 3-D and holographic images. According to the Telegraph, "The technology could be used to produce a new generation of televisions, computer monitors and cinema screens that would provide viewers with a more realistic experience."

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0fdc97d970b-pi Over five hundred same-sex marriages have taken place in Argentina since marriage equality was introduced into that country over the summer: "dozens of other gay wedding planning businesses launch in the capital, with more than 300 suppliers now trying to target the gay market."

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0fdc97d970b-pi Lady Gaga is the ultimate do-gooder. She donated the most to charities in 2010.

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0fdc97d970b-pi Who was this year's most googled gay?

1293165611_5109 6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0fdc97d970b-pi A living relative of John Wilkes Booth wants to exhume the body of the assassin's brother in order to procure a DNA sample: "If there is a DNA match, the family would know that John Wilkes Booth is buried in a family plot in Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore. Family members could then dismiss the theory that he escaped after shooting Lincoln in 1865 and lived under an assumed name for decades."

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0fdc97d970b-pi A friend of spy Gareth Williams insists that he was not gay.

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0fdc97d970b-pi Atlanta police are withholding the name of a person of interest related to the murder of Black Gay Pride head Durand Robinson.

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0fdc97d970b-pi RIP: Openly gay Florida DJ Neil Rogers.

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0fdc97d970b-pi Spider-Man musical aerialist Christopher Tierney is walking again post-surgery.


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2011 Dallas Voice Yellow Pages hits the streets

DV promotions manager Terry Thompson sent this over:

Who loves ya, baby? Here’s the list of DFW businesses that want your business. The 2011 edition of Dallas Voice Yellow Pages is fresh off the presses and at our newsstands now. Pick up a copy to see who wants to do business with you. Not only does it list GLBT-friendly businesses, it also features a Visitor’s Guide (great for when you have out-of-town guests), a Relocation Guide, Community Resources and a Calendar. It’s a great reference for everything from Plumbers to Gayborhood Guides to seating charts to show you where your seats are for venues throughout the Metroplex. It’s a great reference to have at home. Pick up your copy with this week’s Dallas Voice, at our newsstands. We’re in 50 different zip codes in 11 cities.

New this year: There’s an App for that! Load us up on your iPhone at http://itunes.apple.com/app/gayyellow/id366273341?mt=8

—  John Wright

‘Ex-gayness’ worms way into ‘Little Apple’ debate

The city of Manhattan, Kansas, is on the verge of passing a basic non-discrimination ordinance that would protect LGBTs in the areas of housing and employment. So of course evangelicals in the area are working to make it seem like there’s a two-sided conversation to be had about the proposal, one that pits “pro-family” Christians’s self-described religious freedoms against the “special rights” of fairly obtaining and retaining a shelter and/or a job.

The stakes are obviously misstated. But if one digs a little deeper, one will see that the anti-LGBT side’s real goal in the town often referred to as “The Little Apple” goes even beyond the current conversation about this one proposed ordinance. Like, for example, if a web surfer checks out the “recommended website links” on the official site created the organized opposition, he or she will see the following eight sites listed:

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[Awaken Manhattan -- Rec Links]

Why is this particular list notable? Well, because of the eight, a whopping four of the listed groups (PFOX, Exodus, Love Won Out, Ex-gay testimonies at DS/LV) are solely focused on “changing” gays. The others are tangentially associated with the scientifically-discredited faith expression: But four of them are 100% dedicated to it! As in, that is what these groups do, day in and day out: Attempt to “convert” those who they see as immoral and broken.

And again: This is the official site of the the organized opposition fighting the proposed ordinance. So in Manhattan, KS, it’s not an overstatement to say that the current conversation is between those who simply want all tax-payers treated with basic decency vs. those who are attempting to de-gay the world one prayer session at a time. A strategy the “pro-values” camp can certainly use, if they want. But before city commissioners vote on Dec. 21, we’re going to make certain that they each know the stakes. Feel free to do the same:

snead@ci.manhattan.ks.us

sherow@ci.manhattan.ks.us

pepperd@ci.manhattan.ks.us

morris-hardeman@ci.manhattan.ks.us

strawn@ci.manhattan.ks.us

City_Commission@ci.manhattan.ks.us




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Apple Removes Anti-Gay App From Library

Remember The Manhattan Declaration, the anti-gay manifesto drafted just last year by Catholic, Christian and Protestant leaders? An excerpt from the homophobic document reads: "Because the sanctity of human life, the dignity of marriage as a union of husband and wife and the freedom of conscience and religion are foundational principles of justice and the common good, we are compelled by our Christian faith to speak and act in their defense."

Mandec Back in October, Apple approved an app called The Manhattan Declaration in which users were asked survey questions about same-sex marriage, abortion and gay relationships. The app was, of course, put out by those who issued the manifesto in 2009, so if your answers did not mesh with their own hateful points of view, you scored very low in the survey.  In their eyes, or in this case the "eyes" of the app, the only correct answers are the ones found in The Manhattan Declaration.

Change.org set up a petition to ask Apple to remove the app. Looks like it worked. Try searching for the app on iTunes today and you'll, thankfully, come up empty.

The Huffington Post reports that "the creators of the Manhattan Declaration responded to the 'radical liberals' with its own blog post, saying, 'These radicals often pollute the debate with ranting. They rant about 'equal rights,' without explaining how homosexuality deserves it, 'women's rights,' without explaining how women have a right to kill their child, and even 'hateful Christians,' without showing instances where we hate.'"

 


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Hate gay people? There’s an app for that

Pink News, Europe’s largest gay news service, reports that Apple has approved an anti-gay iPhone app:

The app is based on the Manhattan Declaration, a manifesto released in 2009 by Christian and Catholic leaders which rails against the “erosion” of marriage.

Apple has given the app a 4+ rating, meaning that it contains “no objectionable content.”

The app asks users whether they agree with four statements on abortion and same-sex marriage and those who answer that they are pro-choice and pro-gay marriage are told that they are incorrect.

It also has links to read and sign up to the full declaration, which says that gay relationships are “immoral” and that same-sex marriages are equivalent to sanctioning incest.

Change.org has launched a petition calling on Apple to remove the app from the iTunes store. To sign the petition, go here. View more screenshots of the app at Good As You.


—  John Wright