发表于:2015-07-13 11:54 [只看楼主] [划词开启]



Throughout(贯穿) my professional life, I’ve tried to maintain a basic level of (最基本的、最低限度的)privacy. I come from humble roots(出身草根), and I don’t seek to(寻求) draw attention to(吸引别人对的关注) myself. Apple is already one of the most closely watched(最受人关注的)companies in the world, and I like keeping the focus on our products and the incredible things our customers achieve with them.


At the same time, I believe deeply in(深深地相信) the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, who said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doingfor others?’” I often challenge myself with(用来挑战 that question, and I’ve come to realize that(开始意识到)my desire for personal privacy has been holding me backfrom(阻止doing something more important. That’s what has led me to today.


For years, I’ve been open with many people about (向开诚布公my sexual orientation(性取向). Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference(有区别,有不一样)in the way they treat me. Of course, I’ve had the goodfortune to(很幸运work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences(接受人们的多元化). Not everyone is so lucky.


While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear(明确地说): I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among (这里可以省略一个“as”the greatest gifts God has given me.


Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of(让我深刻意识到)what it means to意味着什么) be in the minority and provided a window into(开了一扇通往的窗户) the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day. It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life. It’s been tough and uncomfortable at times(常常), but it has given me the confidence tobe myself, to follow my own path(忠于自己的道路), and to rise above(超越) adversity and bigotry. It’s also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy(很好用) when you’re the CEO of Apple.


The world has changed so much since I was a kid(世界变化太快). America is moving toward(走向) marriage equality, and the public figures(公众人物) who have bravely come out have helped change perceptions(改变观念) and made our culture more tolerant(让社会变得更包容). Still, there are laws on the books in a majority of states that allow employers to fire people based solely on(仅仅基于) their sexual orientation. There are many places where landlords can evict(驱逐)tenants for being gay, or where we can be barred from(被禁止做某事) visiting sick partners and sharing in their legacies. Countless people, particularly kids, face fear and abuse everyday because of their sexual orientation.


I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from(从受益) the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with(与妥协) who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on(坚守) their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with(用来交换的一场交易) my own privacy.


I’ll admit that this wasn’t an easy choice. Privacy remains important to me, and I’d like to hold on to(坚守) a small amount of it. I’ve made Apple my life’s work, and I will continue to spend virtually all of my waking time(醒着的时间)focused on being the best CEO I can be. That’s what our employees deserve—and our customers, developers, shareholders, and supplier partners deserve it, too. Part of social progress is understanding that a personis not defined only by one’s sexuality, race, or gender(一个人不能被他/她的性取向、种族和性别所定义). I’m an engineer, an uncle, a nature lover, a fitness nut, a son of the South, a sports fanatic, and many other things. I hope that people will respect my desire to focus on the things I’m best suited for(我最擅长的事情) and the work that brings me joy(能给我带来快乐的工作).


The company I am so fortunate to lead has long advocated for(一直以来倡导,long指长期) human rights and equality for all. We’ve taken a strong stand in support of(一直站在支持的立场上) a workplace equality bill before Congress, just as we stood for marriage equality in our home state of California. And we spoke up(大声抗议) in Arizona when that state’s legislature passed a discriminatory bill(通过一项歧视性的法案)targeting the gay community. 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. And I will personally continue to advocate for(倡导)equality for all people until my toes point up(生命最后一刻。很有意思的表达,很形象。).


When I arrive in my office each morning, I’m greeted by(被打招呼,引申为看到 framed photos(带框的肖像画) of Dr. King and Robert F. Kennedy. I don’t pretend that writing this puts me in their league(把我自己列入他们的阵营). All it does is allow me to look at those pictures and know that I’m doing my part(做好我自己的职责), however small, to help others. We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick. This is my brick(非常好的主题升华,为正义事业添砖加瓦).


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