pride

At the end of June, San Francisco held its 44th annual Pride parade where people from all around the world marched to show their support of the LGBT community. Several tech companies, including Apple, participated in the event.

CEO Tim Cook, Environment Director Lisa Jackson and thousands of other employees were in attendance, and Apple tonight posted a video of the parade. Dubbed ‘Pride,’ the clip celebrates the iPad-maker’s commitment to equality…

And here’s the accompanying text:

On June 29, thousands of Apple employees and their families marched in the San Francisco Pride Parade. They came from around the world — from cities as far as Munich, Paris, and Hong Kong — to celebrate Apple’s unwavering commitment to equality and diversity. Because we believe that inclusion inspires innovation.

Apple has long stood [publicly] against inequality. It showed strong support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and applauded last year’s Supreme Court ruling which overturned the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) of 1996.

On June 29, Tim Cook tweeted “Congrats to 5000 Apple employees/families who attended today’s Pride parade. Inclusion inspires innovation. #applepride.”

  • Jeremy

    It truly makes me happy to see this. This is the new reality that there is no place for hate or discrimination.

    • Lance Baker

      Thank you. Good people still exist.

    • sleeperjoe

      Too ture….

  • yep

    not sure what men putting their penises inside other mens buttholes has to do with “innovation” as apple put it.

  • Vlad

    Why are Apple and other major companies supporting gays? I am not trying to be rude or anything like that, but here’s what I think. Supporting gays relationships/marriages has already resulted in all bunch of gay people adopting kids. And that’s exactly what I do not support!

    How can we ever let such thing to happen?

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Why are Apple and other major companies supporting gays?

      Because they are people with money just like the rest of us. While I truly believe that Apple is all for diversity and equality this is business as usual…

      • Guest

        Diversity is code word for anti-white

      • Jeremy

        Boo hoo. Grow up. White people have been the oppressors of pretty much all ethnic groups.

    • abazigal

      What’s wrong with a gay couple adopting children? To me, I feel it’s great that two people get to be in love (regardless of their orientation) and so long as they are happy together and what they are doing doesn’t hurt anyone else, I really couldn’t care less what they choose to do in the bedroom.

      Likewise, I don’t see why a gay couple couldn’t still raise a child right and inculcate them with the right moral values (and no, I don’t see sexual orientation as a “moral” issue, I view it as a purely social construct that really deserves to die).

      Likewise, regardless of the child’s sexual orientation when he or she grows up, they can still be productive members of society and contribute their fair share. I think it’s really this sort of close-minded thinking like yours that should go away.

      • jp2002

        BullShit.

      • ImLouis

        Keep your small minded opinions too yourself, its your right to believe in whatever you want however when your belief stops people from creating a family that’s just plain wrong

    • Lance Baker

      Are you freaking kidding me? Are you suggesting that gay people only exist because they were brought up that way? My parents aren’t gay and yet here I am… A gay man. Sexual orientation is NOT a choice and you can’t raise someone to be gay or straight. It’s just something that happens. Quite frankly you’re an ignorant person if you can’t see that. And I’m not just referring to you but all the people that think that one day I stood up and decided I wanted to me discriminated against and have an extremely difficult childhood. I rarely like to bring my sexual orientation into things but seeing stuff like this just makes me angry and sad. Rant over.

      • Rey Hernandez

        Vlad, “make them grow up just like them” so you’re suggesting that Heterosexual couples only produce straight people? I’m quite sure that some gay people have straight parents. That makes your argument invalid sir. There’s a lot of gay people that have good morals and standards…

      • Guest

        NAMBLA? What does that mean again? Good moral standards you say? What group of people have the highest rates of Aids? Is having and giving aids a good moral?

      • Rowan09

        If sexual orientation is not a choice how is it some people are gay then become straight and vice versa? Everyone has a right to be who they are and do what they please but don’t blame genetics on behavior. Why is sexual orientation which has no true medical definition excempt from being a choice?

      • Lance Baker

        So when did you choose to be straight?

      • Rowan09

        I accepted it as a young man and never thought about being with another man. I believe your environment and life situations play a part on your orientation.

      • Rowan09

        I answered your question but got no answer to my question.

      • Lance Baker

        I’m not going to speak for other people. All I will say is this. I never made the choice to be gay. If it was a choice then I could very easily just become straight to get away from all the hate and ignorance. I’m just not attracted to women. I never have been and it was terribly confusing growing up being told I had to be a certain way. I’m done arguing. I usually keep my mouth shut but I’m sick of the idiocy in this world.

      • Rowan09

        I was never arguing with you just having a discussion. Why is it gay people, etc ask for tolerance but don’t tolerate an opposing view? I’m sorry to hear you believe you didn’t make the choice, but I’m here to tell you, you can change. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, but it can be done and has been done many times before. It’s also not idiotic to know someone chooses their orientation just like I wasn’t chosen to be heterosexual and you homosexual. Science doesn’t agree and it doesn’t pass any sound test either. If we are accepting only sexual orientations as genetic conditions then all sexual orientations are genetic including pedophilia, bisexuality, bestiality, necrophilia, etc. We should not try to change anyone and just accept them for who they are, I’m sure you disagree with these sexual orientations.

      • Lance Baker

        My intolerance of your idiocy isn’t causing discrimination and inequality for an entire group of people. I don’t see how you can even have any say in the matter when you don’t actually know a damn thing about it.

      • Rowan09

        Oh boy. I’m making sense and you call it idocracy. You’re making things up to fit your needs when I’m stating the facts. There is no such thing as a genetic heterosexual, homosexual, bi-sexual gene, etc, Science says no and yet you say yes. I don’t care if someone wants to be gay, but I refuse to blame some uncontrolled cause for his/her behavior. Where does it stop? Is it only orientation? I do not agree with harming anyone once again so stop getting so emotional.

      • Lance Baker

        For the record I have never said a thing about a gay gene or being born gay. I have said that it’s not a choice. Maybe there were environmental factors at play.. Or maybe I WAS born that way. Scientists are changing their minds on things every day. Also, you have said two different things. You have said that’s it’s a choice and you have said that environment or life situations have played a part. It can’t be both. So which is it? NOT A CHOICE! And you’re whole “I accepted it as a young man…” thing is completely ridiculous.

      • Rowan09

        For it to not be a choice it has to be genetic. I didn’t say 2 different things. I said it’s a choice and you or someone asked why are people gay and I said I guess environmental reasons. No one knows why someone chooses to be heterosexual. Be gay if you want but don’t try to blame it on some uncontrollable force. I respect peoples decisions and that’s just what it is a decision.

      • Kurt

        People are not born gay. People change like you said plus identical twins have proven the propaganda that gays are born that way as false. One identical twin gay, the other not.

      • Rowan09

        Thank you. I can’t stand people trying to prove a point with lies.

      • Gabriel Gualdron Ruiz

        where can i fill out the application to become straight? i was never given one, perhaps you could provide me one, since you were given the right to choose to be straight.

        thank you in advance.

      • Rowan09

        What? Give me all the sexual orientations?

      • sleeperjoe

        Its a choice? Then when did you choose to be straight? Following your questionable logic then anyone can be talked into being gay. Right?

      • Rowan09

        Can someone be talked into being gay? Sure just like someone can be talked into having a one night stand. Why is sexual orientation exempt from being a choice? Who made up that rule? It’s not MY questionable logic, Science also says people are not born gay. Everyone is born with the ability to sin and homosexuality is one of those sins.

      • sleeperjoe

        If you truly believe anyone can be talked into being gay then you must be fun at parties.

      • Rowan09

        I don’t try to change anyone, I just give the facts when I have the facts or give my opinion when there are no real facts.

      • Guest

        You were not born gay. Try to be tolerate of there. Not everyone thinks like you.

    • Kurt

      Gay men have highest rates of aids and other STDs. Not a good idea to push such an agenda, unless you are for population control like the 1% who are mostly liberals who want to reduce the world population to 500 million from the current 7 billion…bill gates, ted turner, soros, etc

      • Jeremy

        Wrong. African-American women have the highest rates of HIV/AIDS and especially in South Africa and other African countries because they teach abstinence only sex-ed and don’t educate on the use of condoms, male and female condoms alike.

  • Bob

    Eww lol wtf

  • Yet none for straights. Sick

    • Maxim∑

      It’s not really about being straight or gay. More the desceimination and freedom to do what you want.

      Sound cheesy but if we let this happen we would eventually end up like other countries

    • Lance Baker

      Do you also complain that we don’t have a white history month?

      • Rowan09

        A specific month for a specified race is because of discrimination and whites rule.

      • Kurt

        I have no problem calling Obama white but he says he is black. I have no problem calling Zimmerman white but he calls himself Latino. If you are a mix like my child will be then you get to decide how you want to be called. But the media doesn’t play by those rules as for them Zimmerman is white even though he says he is Latino and Obama is black even though he is half white.

      • Rowan09

        People call someone a specific race based on appearance. There are only 3 real races Asian, Black and White, all the others are a combination of the three. It makes sense too since Noah’s family populated the world with his 3 sons.

      • Kurt

        Interesting point about Noah. By appearance Zimmerman shouldn’t be called white, especially since he is a self described Latino (which is Asian with or without European and or African)

      • Rowan09

        Zimmerman was only called white because he killed a “thug” (black kid), if he killed a Jewish or white kid he would be a Latino.

      • Kurt

        Correct

    • ImLouis

      I hope your joking! Pride is a celebration for people to show that its ok what ever sexuality you have. Did you have to come out as straight to your parents? its 2014 and people still get annoyed about stuff that doesn’t impact there life’s! If you don’t like the idea of pride then simply don’t go to a pride celebration…..

    • sleeperjoe

      Show of hands, how many here have been persecuted, subjugated, discriminated or killed, just for being straight?

      • Rowan09

        Straight people are killed all the time for many different reasons, so please don’t make it seem as if thr world is killing people for being gay. I’m black and we are subjected to all the above and so are many other races.

      • sleeperjoe

        You mean they don’t kill people just for being gay? So all those news reports and documentaries are fake? Let’s not even make this about race, after all you don’t know mine and the topic at hand is not about race. Hint: subject of the article and comment I replied to from V Bitez.

      • Rowan09

        Yes people are killed for being gay but many more killed just for being Christians. I never once said or will say anyone should be living uncomfortable because of their choices. I understand people are gay and I don’t treat them any different from a heterosexual.

      • Guest

        Me, me, me… Esp since obungler illegally grabbed power to push this gay agenda

  • shir

    Such parades organized by a corporation is not usually because they
    fully support the cause, it is a calculated action to increase
    self-value in public opinion.
    in a way, it’s actually insulting, because it is used as tool.

    • jp2002

      Its because Tim is gay!

      • Mohit Mago

        Gays are terrorists.

      • Mohit Mago

        so are the people running this site, bill gates etc

  • Technocrz!

    Its Sin and there shouldnt be any freedom for Sin

    • Jeremy

      Then there shouldn’t be any room for your comment because it is a sin supposedly to judge others. “Judge not lest ye be judged.” Learn a thing or two about your Bronze Aged flawed book.

      • Kurt

        Quit being Christianophobic. Your definition of judge is wrong. Go back to the Greek usage. But you’re too much of a bigot to school yourself, so I know you won’t bother

      • Jeremy

        Let me remind you of what a bigot means. “A prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions different than their own.” I reminded technocroz of one of the verses contained within the book he has not even thoroughly read in order to remind him to not be a hypocrite. And I do not believe in Christianity but who ever said I was intolerant of your religious beliefs? I am intolerant of intolerance and bigoted assholes and if that makes me a “bigot” for trying to see reason then so be it.

      • Kurt

        Your intolerant of Christians. Not using “judge” correctly. Yep you are Christianophobic. Stop the hate!

      • Jeremy

        I’m not intolerant of Christians much like I’m not intolerant of atheists, Hindus, Muslims, Catholics, etc.
        And please, you’re acting like a child so this conversation is over.

      • Kurt

        Learn some tolerance. You must be a liberal, if people don’t agree with you attack them, attack their religion, attack attack attack…You’re a hateful Christianophobic bigot.

      • Jeremy

        Lol and you’re a childish moron who throws labels and “big words” left and right. If my political stance intrigues you so much then I’ll let you know that I am a moderate (socially liberal but economically conservative). But you must be a narrow minded, right wing extremist who tries to reverse our words against us but in reality, you seem childish and stupid. So do yourself a favor and stop embarrassing yourself.

      • Technocrz!

        If you think nothing is wrong in being gay then imagine your dad leave ur mom and bring another man and tells you he is your mom or dad or mom or dad, i hope you will figure out what you will call him, you are smart enough, do u see odd in it or i have to comeup with some more rugged example.

      • Jeremy

        No I see nothing wrong with being gay. My best friend is a lesbian and I love her no matter what. And if you truly think that happens then you are more of an unintelligent person than I’ve presumed because even my father knows that sexual orientation is not a choice and he is as straight as anyone else so your example is a poor and flawed one.

    • Mohit Mago

      Agreed. This is terrorism. Eating animal products and then being proud of hormonal aberrations while terrorists kill and rape. Bullshit.

  • jack

    being homosexual is not something to be pride of, nor it is to be straight. it is just your option. people should be proud when their actions improve the world around them.

    • sopaipas

      This.

    • Andrew

      It’s just an option? k.
      Scientists have proven many times that it’s not an option, it’s something you’re born with.

      • Rowan09

        Proof please I never seen that memo?

      • Kurt

        And you never will as it’s propaganda without bases

      • Kurt

        Identical twins, one gay one straight. You and your scientists lie.

      • ImLouis

        Why would identical twins share the same sexuality! Twins develop from one zygote that splits and forms two embryos! When the 2 grow they take in a different amount of nutrition and hormones! and hormones have been proven to influence sexual orientation! Please stop preaching to people that your not born gay! its embarrassing

      • Rowan09

        What? No science backs your opinion. Scientists don’t know why people chose a certain orientation so stop spreading lies. People can be gay, bisexual, pedophiles,etc if they want, but that doesn’t make it right.

      • Jeremy

        Consenting sex between two adults (gay or straight) is not even equivalent AT ALL to an adult having sex with a minor or a child who cannot consent at all. Grouping pedophiles with those who are LGBT is just idiotic of you to do. Stop embarrassing yourself.

      • Rowan09

        Now here comes the hypocrisy. I hope you understand that being gay, heterosexual or a pedophile has nothing to do with sex. All of the above can be an orientation and virgins. It is not illegal to be a pedophile, but it is illegal to act on those feelings. I agree pedophilia is wrong regardless of having sex or not and that’s the same stance for homosexuality. It’s funny how you jump to defend homosexuality but detest pedophilia. Now stop embarrassing Yourself and have some “tolerance”.

      • Jeremy

        This is where you are wrong, the APA and ASA do not classify pedophelia as a sexual orientation because it is not normal for a grown man or grown woman to be sexually attracted to a child. However, it is normal for grown men and women to be attracted to other adults and many associations like the APA and ASA and several others have thoroughly examined homosexuality and know it is not a mental disorder like pedophelia. So it is stupid of you to even equate pedophelia to homosexuality in any way. And yes I am quick to defend it because my best friend is a lesbian and I will defend her and any of my other LGBT friends till the very end of me because life sucks enough as it is but we don’t need assholes like you to tell them that they are broken and need to be “fixed” because there is nothing wrong with them and they cannot change who they are. You are free to have your opinions but I do not have to tolerate your intolerance.

      • Rowan09

        I know homosexual people and I don’t treat them any different, because they are still people. You are being intolerant and a hypocrite. I’m saying homosexuality and all the above is wrong, heterosexuality is the Only natural way. You are saying two opposing views (homosexuality and heterosexuality) are both normal and that’s not possible. Why such a hypocrite to all the other sexual orientations? The LBGT community didn’t create sexual orientations they just focus on what They believe is natural. It’s natural for a man to turn himself into a woman, or a woman a man? It’s however not natural according to you and other for an adult to have feelings for a child, or animal, etc. There is only 1 natural way and that’s heterosexuality, all others are a sin and not natural. Now does it mean people should be killed or persecuted for their choices, no, but they shouldn’t be praised when doing wrong. I have absolutely no hatred towards any specific group, but if you tolerate the LBGT community you Must also have tolerance for the other sexual orientations and that’s where lies your hypocrisy.

      • Kurt

        Hahaha quack science…absolutely untrue! I guess when friends of mine who used to be gay and now aren’t or other friends who were bi and now aren’t some being gay others being straight I guess they changed their diet? You’re a fool!

  • jp2002

    High time Apple kicked tim Bullcrap cook and bring in Scott Forstall.

  • jp2002

    12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

    14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

    Revelation 22:12-14

  • ImLouis

    Too the people saying your not born gay and that its a choice like eating to much is, I just have to clear this up. Sexuality is is a spectrum a – z, in pregnancy depending on how much testosterone the baby develops it will influence the behavior and sexuality of that child. If your in the middle then you may or may not realize that you like the same sex or you will come out as bi. Look at the ancient Greece and Rome, they didn’t label anyone and understood that most people are attracted to both genders.

    • Rowan09

      Who lied to you? Ancient Greeks and Romans called each other lovers of men and were very judgmental, but if you want us to be like the Ancient Romans you really need to study some history.

  • sleeperjoe

    A sin, some of you say? Well so is eating pork, not covering one’s head, shaving your beard and many other things. Why cherry pick from your fact book? If you’re gonna be a bigot then at least be fair about it. What’re your thoughts on those dirty bacon eaters? The smooth faced heathens who shave every day? Equality for all your would be sinners.

    • Rowan09

      Please read the Bible before making these foolish claims. If eating pork is a sin why can’t we marry more than one woman since you are using ancient traditions to relate to current times?

      • sleeperjoe

        So by your definition shouldn’t we be continuously re-categorizing what should and should not be a sin? I mean since your book has been updated/translated so often its finally relevant for current times. Google can answer that last question for you too.

      • Rowan09

        Wrong again. People like you like to take one part of the Bible to try and prove a point and not the whole book or even the Chapter they take the specific verse. The Bible is both Old and New Testament. You would never take a quote from a book and try to explain the quote without the background story or reading the whole book. Translations does not mean different books, it’s obvious the Bible wasn’t written in English so it had to be translated. Are all the translations good, no but like any intelligent individual you read and compare. Most translations are identical and just try to simplify the Bible. If you haven’t notice nothing is new under the sun, everything is being recycled.

      • sleeperjoe

        I see you live in that place where rant trumps logic. Must be nice.

      • Rowan09

        Wrong again. If I ask a thief if he’s wrong for stealing isn’t it ok for him to say yes? If I ask a muderer why he killed and if he/she’s wrong wouldn’t it be ok to say yes? Just because you are gay doesn’t mean you must believe it’s right, people smoke and tell others smoking is bad. Don’t try to speak about the Bible from the internet, read it yourself and you will be amazed. I have also yet to hear any argument as to why only sexual orientation is a borned uncontrolled condition?

  • Rowan09

    So everyone must agree with homosexuality? Do you really believe Apple or America really cares? Let me know when we have a gay president.

  • Soto

    Going Galaxy now.

    • jp2002

      My apple devices seem dirty now.