Human Rights Campaign has today announced that Apple CEO Tim Cook will be awarded with the organization’s Visibility Award at the 19th annual HRC National Dinner on Saturday, October 3, 2015, in Washington, DC. HRC President Chad Griffin said that Tim Cook is a visionary whose leadership of Apple has been “nothing short of remarkable”. As head of one of the most innovative and creative companies in the world, Cook’s personal and professional contributions to equality are deeply significant and impactful, he added.
“Tim Cook’s willingness to bravely and directly speak his truth has not only given hope to countless people around the world, it has saved lives. Through his example and Apple’s commitment to equality, LGBT young people in particular can look to Tim Cook’s incredible career and know that there is nothing holding them back. They can dream as big as their minds allow them to, even if they want to be the CEO of one of the world’s largest companies. HRC is honored to welcome Tim to our National Dinner,” said the HRC President.
HRC has also highlighted in its blog post how under Cook’s leadership, Apple has been one of the earliest major corporations to come out in support of the Equality Act, a landmark federal bill that would guarantee explicit, permanent protections for LGBT people from discrimination in many of the most important aspects of their lives.
The 19th annual HRC National Dinner, which is sold out and expected to draw over 3,000 guests, will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.