Tim Cook Speaks Up

Original article appeared in Business Week

Throughout my professional life, I’ve tried to maintain a basic level of privacy.
在我的职业生涯中,我一直试着保持最基本的隐私。

I come from humble roots, and I don’t seek to draw attention to myself.
我出身平凡,我不想寻求别人对我太多的关注。

Apple is already one of the most closely watched companies in the world, and I like keeping the focus on our products and the incredible things our customers achieve with them.
苹果公司已经是世界上最被紧密关注的企业了,我想专注我们的产品和消费者无与伦比的产品体验。

At the same time, I believe deeply in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, who said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ”
同时, 我深信Dr. Martin Luther King 说过的话, 他说:“生命中最重要并且急切问题是“你帮别人做过什麽?”

I often challenge myself with that question, and I’ve come to realize that my desire for personal privacy has been holding me back from doing something more important.
我常常问自己那个问题, 后来, 我意识到 因为我想保障 自己的隐私,我做不了更重要的事情了。

That’s what has led me to today.
这是为什麽今天我在这里

For years, I’ve been open with many people about my sexual orientation.
这些年,我的性取向有很多人都已经知道.

Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me.
许多苹果公司的同事都知道我是同性恋,但是这并没影响他们如何对待我。

Of course, I’ve had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences.
我觉得我很有福气能 在这个公司工作。这里提倡创新和创造并且知道当你包容别人不同的时候,才能发展得更好 。

Not everyone is so lucky.
不是每个人都那么幸运

While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now.
然而我从来没否认过我的性取向 , 直至今日,也没公开承认过.

So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.
我想说: 我很自豪我是同性恋 并且 我觉得这是神给我最好的礼物。

Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day.
同性恋的身份让我了解/懂了作为少数人群意味着什么,也为我打开了一扇窗,让我知道了其他少数人群每天面对的挑战

It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life.
这也让我变得更加有同理心,我的生活也更丰富了。

It’s been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry.
有时候, 我会觉得辛苦、不舒服, 但是它也给了我信心做自己, 走自己的路,让我在逆境和不公平中成长起来

It’s also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple.
这也让我脸皮变厚了,作为苹果公司的总裁,这很有用。

The world has changed so much since I was a kid.
自我懂事以来,世界变了很多

America is moving toward marriage equality, and the public figures who have bravely come out have helped change perceptions and made our culture more tolerant.
美国人越来越提倡婚姻平等。 勇敢出柜的公众人物帮助改变了大家的看法并且让我们的文化更加宽容。

Still, there are laws on the books in a majority of states that allow employers to fire people based solely on their sexual orientation.
现在很多洲的法律仍然允许雇主只根据员工的 性取向开除他们

There are many places where landlords can evict tenants for being gay, or where we can be barred from visiting sick partners and sharing in their legacies.
有很多地方, 房东可以赶走同性恋租客 ,还有一些地方 , 我们会被禁止拜访生病的伴侣.

Countless people, particularly kids, face fear and abuse every day because of their sexual orientation.
由于自己的性取向,许多人, 特别小朋友, 每天面对很多恐惧和欺负.

I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others.
我不觉得我是先进分子,  但是我意识到别人的牺牲给我带来很多好处.

So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy.
所以,如果听到苹果公司 的总裁是同性恋这件事就可以帮助纠结的人们认清自己,安慰孤单的人,或者激发人们追求平等。那我觉得牺牲(交换)我的隐私也是值得的。

I’ll admit that this wasn’t an easy choice.
我承认做这个决定不容易.

Privacy remains important to me, and I’d like to hold on to a small amount of it.
隐私对我仍旧很重要, 我希望可以保留一小部分。

I’ve made Apple my life’s work, and I will continue to spend virtually all of my waking time focused on being the best CEO I can be.
我把苹果视为我一生的工作。我会继续用我所有的时间做我能做的最好的总裁。

That’s what our employees deserve—and our customers, developers, shareholders, and supplier partners deserve it, too.
那是我们员工应得的,并且我们的客户、开发商、股东和供货商也应得。

Part of social progress is understanding that a person is not defined only by one’s sexuality, race, or gender.
社会进步 的 一部分是懂得一个人不会因为性取向, 种族, 或者性别而被决定他是一个怎样的人.

I’m an engineer, an uncle, a nature lover, a fitness nut, a son of the South, a sports fanatic, and many other things.
我是工程师, 叔叔, 爱自然的人, 热衷于健康生活的人, 南部的孩子, 运动比赛发烧友, 还喜欢很多其他东西.

I hope that people will respect my desire to focus on the things I’m best suited for and the work that brings me joy.
我希望别人会尊重我的想法,我想专注于自己擅长的事情,以及让我快乐的工作。

The company I am so fortunate to lead has long advocated for human rights and equality for all.
我很幸运可以带领这个公司,它一向对人权和平等很支持。

We’ve taken a strong stand in support of a workplace equality bill before Congress, just as we stood for marriage equality in our home state of California.
在国会通过之前,我们就非常/十分支持工作环境人人平等的议案, 就像我们支持加州的婚姻平等一样。 

And we spoke up in Arizona when that state’s legislature passed a discriminatory bill targeting the gay community.
并且在Arizona 我们表明了支持州立法机关通过对同性恋群体的不平等议案。

We’ll continue to fight for our values, and I believe that any CEO of this incredible company, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation, would do the same.
我们会坚持对重要, 并且想信做总裁特别公司 性取向, 种族, 或者性别而会做这样。

And I will personally continue to advocate for equality for all people until my toes point up.
我会继续做现在的工作,直到退休为止

When I arrive in my office each morning, I’m greeted by framed photos of Dr. King and Robert F. Kennedy.
每天我去公司的时候,都可以看到Dr. King和 Robert F. Kennedy的照片.

I don’t pretend that writing this puts me in their league.
我很难说写这文章可以把我和他们归为一类

All it does is allow me to look at those pictures and know that I’m doing my part, however small, to help others. We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick.
看到这些照片让我知道我做了自己的部分,即便/即使再/很小, 我也帮了别人。
我们通这条路带到我们去平等 , 一砖一砖。

This is my brick.
这是我的砖

 

About Cindy Ng

Cindy Ng is a technology, business, and design hybrid. She currently writes for Varonis' Inside Out Security blog, covering data security and privacy.
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