Apple, Inc. employees pass out free iTunes song cards at San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade

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in General Discussion edited July 2014
Apple's chief executive Tim Cook joined Lisa Jackson, the company's new head of environmental issues, in leading a large group of Apple employes in San Francisco's annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride parade today, handing out certificates good for a free iTunes song to onlookers.

Look what #applepride will passing out!!! #sfpride pic.twitter.com/Y8GSgPpBfn

-- jackee chang (@jackeechang)


The LGBT Pride event is an annual celebration held in support of civil rights and a reminder of the violence, discrimination and social stigma that were once pervasive against minorities of gender identity and sexual preference--as well as a reminder of further work that needs to be done.

San Francisco's annual Pride event is held throughout June, culminating in a series of celebrations and events during the last week of the month, including the parade. Employees posted photos from the event, including more than a few selfies with Cook. Cook posted his own tweet, stating "Congrats to 5000 Apple employees/families who attended today's Pride parade. Inclusion inspires innovation."

Congrats to 5000 Apple employees/families who attended today's Pride parade.Inclusion inspires innovation.#applepride pic.twitter.com/4DncX8F6fO

-- Tim Cook (@tim_cook)


Jackson, who joined the company last year from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, posted a photo noting she was "honored to be a banner carrier," and portraying the company's iconic logo drawn in the rainbow colors associated with Pride diversity above simply, "Pride."

Here we go. Honored to be a banner carrier Thanks #applepride pic.twitter.com/Jtmb7Mj9KO

-- Lisa P. Jackson (@lisapjackson)


The LGBT Pride parade serves in part as a reminder of the June 1969 Stonewall Riots, a significant event in America's history of routine oppression and violent arrests of gays when patrons at New York City's Stonewall Inn gay bar fought back after a police raid, furthering the emerging new era of civil rights protests and budding political representation of LGBT minorities.

Cook has repeatedly addressed civil rights as an important issue, and Apple has frequently contributed to efforts seeking to end discrimination and to call attention to human rights issues, including those affecting lesbians, gays and transgendered people.

In April 2011, Apple employees contributed a "It Gets Better" video to the Trevor Project--an effort to support youth contemplating suicide--offering positive messages of encouragement voiced by adults who have lived through the same kind of stigma and bullying.





Apple has not sponsored an officially sanctioned group marching in the San Francisco parade before. David James, one of the participants of the "It Gets Better" video, was at the parade today, noting via Instagram "Let's make history today! But first let me take a #selfie," posting a photo he took with Cook.
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  • Reply 1 of 197
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    Tim Cook tweeted that 5000 employees plus families came out to support civil rights. So much for only Cook attending this event and it being definitive proof that he's [I]a gay.[/I]

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  • Reply 2 of 197
    andysolandysol Posts: 2,506member
    <div align="center"><iframe src="//instagram.com/p/p1fr-bCh99/embed/" width="612" height="710" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe></div>

    As if this guy needed "outed" ;)
  • Reply 3 of 197
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    andysol wrote: »
    As if this guy needed "outed" ;)

    Are these four homosexuals for wearing the Apple Pride shirts?
  • Reply 4 of 197
    droidftwdroidftw Posts: 1,009member

    Soli, you seem to have some real issues in coming to terms that Tim Cook is gay.  I'm not sure if it's coming from a place of homophobia or somewhere else but I suggest you learn to deal with it and move on.  Tim Cook's sexuality is a non-issue.

  • Reply 5 of 197
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member

    How about we all just not discuss this nonsense, 'kay? "YOU BIGOT YOU CALL HOMOSEXUALITY NONSENSE WHY I OUGHT TO..."

  • Reply 6 of 197
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    droidftw wrote: »
    Soli, you seem to have some real issues in coming to terms that Tim Cook is gay.  I'm not sure if it's coming from a place of homophobia or somewhere else but I suggest you learn to deal with it and move on.  Tim Cook's sexuality is a non-issue.

    That's hysterical.

    You should try to come to terms with concept of proof, as well as with the hypocrisy of saying it's a non-issue whilst whilst clearly weighing that you know for sure. Perhaps you want to tell us how you know.
  • Reply 7 of 197
    droidftwdroidftw Posts: 1,009member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post





    That's hysterical.



    You should try to come to terms with concept of proof, as well as with the hypocrisy of saying it's a non-issue whilst whilst clearly weighing that you know for sure. Perhaps you want to tell us how you know.

     

    Seriously, drop this campaign you're on.  It's not a big deal.  Move on.

  • Reply 8 of 197
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    droidftw wrote: »
    Seriously, drop this campaign you're on.  It's not a big deal.  Move on.

    Yes, it's a huge deal when people like you state opinion as fact without any shred of evidence because you can't see past your ignorant, hateful, and narrow-minded view or the world.
  • Reply 9 of 197
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 9,233member

    It's unlikely that I would ever find myself at any LGBT parade, and I don't live in San Francisco, but where is my free iTunes card handed out to me for being an awesome heterosexual?:err:

     

    Where's my parade?

     

    According to the article, it's only a pass for one free song, so it's not a big deal, but has Apple ever handed out any free iTunes cards at other types of parades?

  • Reply 10 of 197
    Dan_DilgerDan_Dilger Posts: 1,583member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post





    Yes, it's a huge deal when people like you state opinion as fact without any shred of evidence because you can't see past your ignorant, hateful, and narrow-minded view or the world.

     

    Actually, the primary reason for Cook to avoid public mention of his sexuality revolves is not some cowering fear about somebody knowing he's "a gay" but rather centers on the bigoted efforts of some groups to stage disruptive hate campaigns that could potentially affect Apple's product sales.

     

    Cook is not really closeted. He just doesn't want to deal with Islamic states and Tea Party groups trying to block sales of iPads to schools or whatever other nonsense because the company is run by "a gay." 

  • Reply 11 of 197
    There's also a sale on LGBT movies on iTunes.
  • Reply 12 of 197
    apple ][ wrote: »
    Where's my parade?

    If you think have a deserving cause worthy of a free song download, start your own parade and get 5000 Apple employees to support it.
  • Reply 13 of 197
    Dan_DilgerDan_Dilger Posts: 1,583member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Apple ][ View Post

     

    It's unlikely that I would ever find myself at any LGBT parade, and I don't live in San Francisco, but where is my free iTunes card handed out to me for being an awesome heterosexual?:err:

     

    Where's my parade?

     

    According to the article, it's only a pass for one free song, so it's not a big deal, but has Apple ever handed out any free iTunes cards at other types of parades?


     

    Where's "your" parade? What universally stigmatized and hated minority do you belong to that requires a supportive community? 

     

    And if you declare that its "unlikely you would ever find yourself at a any LGBT parade" why should anyone care about your demands for 99 cents out of what has to be the most petty self-serving statement of greed and entitlement that I've yet seen, even counting the decades of Usenet posts and hours of Fox News reporting that I've waded through? 

  • Reply 14 of 197
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    Actually, the primary reason for Cook to avoid public mention of his sexuality revolves is not some cowering fear about somebody knowing he's "a gay" but rather centers on the bigoted efforts of some groups to stage disruptive hate campaigns that could potentially affect Apple's product sales.

    Cook is not really closeted. He just doesn't want to deal with Islamic states and Tea Party groups trying to block sales of iPads to schools or whatever other nonsense because the company is run by "a gay." 

    1) That sounds like speculation.

    2) In the other thread I mentioned that not being closeted doesn't mean you make your personal life a public spectacle.

    3) None of that has no barring on the fact that many are making absolute claims they can't support. Is this not 2014 or are we to dunk Cook in a lake to see if he sinks or floats (that might be witches)? The "I've heard it speculated for years so it must be a fact" is irrational. That is how the 24 hour news outlets bombard us with info in order to sway our thinking but only fools believe what they hear only because it's oft repeated despite no evidence to support the claims even if one thinks the odds are high.
  • Reply 15 of 197
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    apple ][ wrote: »
    It's unlikely that I would ever find myself at any LGBT parade, and I don't live in San Francisco, but where is my free iTunes card handed out to me for being an awesome heterosexual?:err:

    Where's my parade?

    According to the article, it's only a pass for one free song, so it's not a big deal, but has Apple ever handed out any free iTunes cards at other types of parades?

    You design a rally that gets 5000 Apple employees to attend and I'll not only buy you a song, I'll buy you anything on the iTunes Store, App Store or iBookstore.


    edit: Pipped by [@]Suddenly Newton[/@].
  • Reply 16 of 197
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 9,233member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Corrections View Post

     

    Where's "your" parade? What universally stigmatized and hated minority do you belong to that requires a supportive community? 

     

    And if you declare that its "unlikely you would ever find yourself at a any LGBT parade" why should anyone care about your demands for 99 cents out of what has to be the most petty self-serving statement of greed and entitlement that I've yet seen, even counting the decades of Usenet posts and hours of Fox News reporting that I've waded through? 


     

    What I wrote is meant to be taken with a grain of salt, as I'm just trying to be funny sometimes.

     

    But I do find it ironic that if a group of people representing people like me (regular guy, white male, heterosexual) were to hold a special parade to celebrate ourselves, it would probably be reported as being a hate group on the march.<img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" /> 

  • Reply 17 of 197
    boredumbboredumb Posts: 1,418member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post



    Tim Cook tweeted that 5000 employees plus families came out to support civil rights. So much for only Cook attending this event and it being definitive proof that he's a gay.

    Not to throw fuel on the fire, but I do think that this constitutes legitimate, irrefutable proof:

    Tim Cook is a marcher...

  • Reply 18 of 197
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 9,233member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Corrections View Post

     

    Cook is not really closeted. He just doesn't want to deal with Islamic states and Tea Party groups trying to block sales of iPads to schools or whatever other nonsense because the company is run by "a gay." 


     

    That's Tim Cook meeting with the ruler of Dubai. I'm not gay and I'm not a CEO, but if I were, I certainly wouldn't set foot in any primitive countries that hates me and would murder me.

     

    From Wiki:

    Article 354 of the Federal Penal Code states, "Whoever commits rape on a female or sodomy with a male shall be punished by death."

     

    In 2013, it was announced that all the Gulf Cooperative Countries had agreed to establish some form of, yet unknown, testing in order to ban and deport gay foreigners.[1]

  • Reply 19 of 197
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    apple ][ wrote: »
    What I wrote is meant to be taken with a grain of salt, as I'm just trying to be funny sometimes.

    But I do find it ironic that if a group of people representing people like me (regular guy, white male, heterosexual) were to hold a special parade to celebrate ourselves, it would probably be reported as being a hate group on the march.:lol:  

    No it wouldn't, so long as you were showing pride in your natural heterosexuality. Now if you excluded others because they don't have the "correct" sexual orientation then it would be a hateful. Note that Pride parade is for everyone. As Tim Cook put it, "Inclusion inspires innovation."

    boredumb wrote: »
    Not to throw fuel on the fire, but I do think that this constitutes legitimate, <span style="line-height:1.4em;">irrefutable proof:</span>

    <span style="line-height:1.4em;">Tim Cook is a marcher...</span>

    Sure, just like it's irrefutable proof that 5000 Apple employees and their families are all gay¡

    700

    :no:
  • Reply 20 of 197
    In the face of homosexual accusations, Tim Cook would have defended himself as either heterosexual or asexual while defending equal human rights for LGBT.
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