Apple CEO Tim Cook shared a positive and hopeful message at this year’s Loveloud festival, and his walkout song was simply the icing on the cake.
Loveloud is a music festival that is determined to “ignite the vital conversation about what it means to unconditionally love, understand, accept, and support LGBTQ+ youth in our communities.”
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook was in attendance at yesterday’s festival, taking the stage just before Imagine Dragons’ set to offer words of hope and advice before introducing the band.
And his walkout song? “High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco.
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Cook’s message included telling those in attendance that they were “a gift to the world” while reassuring the crowd that they should not struggle to be “what someone else thinks is normal.”
You can read Cook’s speech, below.
“I stand before you tonight as an uncle, a sports nut, a CEO, a lover of the beautiful Utah outdoors, and a proud, gay American. I come to deliver a simple message that I want every LGBT person to here and to believe.
You are a gift to the world. A unique and special gift, just the way you are. Your life matters. … My heart breaks when I see kids struggling to conform to a society or a family that doesn’t accept them. Struggling to be what someone else thinks is normal. Find your truth, speak your truth, live your truth.
Let me tell you, ‘normal’ just might be the worst word ever created. We are not all supposed to be the same, feel the same, or think the same. And there is nothing wrong with you.
I know that life can be dark and heavy, and sometimes might seem unreasonable and unbearable, but just as night turns to day, know that darkness is always followed by light. You will feel more comfortable in our own skin, attitudes will change. Life will get better and you will thrive.”
Thanks @LOVELOUDFest @ImagineDragons @DanReynolds for hosting such an uplifting event tonight, and for supporting LGBT youth and families. Young people, you are loved and you are powerful. #LoveLoud pic.twitter.com/qoHEE1pv5H
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) July 29, 2018
Watch Cook’s full introduction:
This year’s Loveloud festival raised one million dollars for local and national LGBTQ+ charities which included Encircle, Trevor Project, Tegan and Sara Foundation and more.