'Proud to be gay': Twitter reacts to Apple CEO Tim Cook's announcement

Dylan Stableford

Apple chief executive Tim Cook announced on Thursday that he is gay, a declaration applauded by many on Twitter, where both Cook's name and the phrase "proud to be gay" quickly began trending.

"While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now," Cook wrote in an essay published by Bloomberg Businessweek. "So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."

Others took an opportunity to poke fun at the tech giant ...

... and its smartphone rivalry with Samsung.