June 20, 2019 at 11:28 am PDT | by Mariah Cooper
GLSEN will honor Tim Cook with Champion Award

Tim Cook. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Apple CEO Tim Cook will be honored with GLSEN’s Champion Award.

GLSEN, the educational organization that aims to create inclusive spaces for LGBTQ students in grades K-12, will present Cook with the award at the 2019 GLSEN Respect Awards. The awards ceremony takes place at the Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles on Friday, Oct. 25.

Cook will be recognized for “his ongoing commitment to fighting for LGBTQ rights and creating safe spaces for members of the LGBTQ community.”

“I am grateful to GLSEN for this honor and for all their work to ensure the LGBTQ community is treated with dignity and respect,” Cook said in a statement. “At Apple, our commitment to inclusion helps us do our best work, each and every day. Innovation depends on openness to new ideas, a culture of curiosity and a climate free from shame and stigma — that’s true not only true for Apple, I believe it’s true for everyone.”

Cook, who is the first openly gay CEO of a major U.S. company, has been a longtime advocate for LGBTQ rights. He has donated to charities including the Human Rights Campaign and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights. He has also appeared at the San Francisco Pride Parade and the LOVELOUD festival. In 2015, the Human Rights Campaign honored Cook with the Visibility Award.

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