In what was dubbed “the race to $1 trillion,” it looks like we finally have a winner. Earlier this month, Apple beat out Amazon to become the first publicly traded American company to hit a market cap of $1 trillion. With recent iPhone 8 and iPhone X sales booming in China and Japan, Apple was able to just narrowly squeeze by Amazon.

While everyone in the tech, marketing, economic, and business world was quick to take notice and praise the company, one other group was there as well — the LGBT community.

After Steve Jobs resigned and then shortly passed away in 2011, Tim Cook replaced him as CEO of Apple. Then in 2014, Tim Cook came out as a gay man and quickly began using his platform to advocate for LGBT rights. Today, Tim Cook is one of the richest gay executives in America.  

According to Cook, he felt a “tremendous responsibility” to come out as gay. “It became so clear to me that kids were getting bullied in school, kids were getting basically discriminated against, kids were even being disclaimed by their own parents and that I needed to do something,” said Cook in an interview with Stephen Colbert during a The Late Show interview

In a recent speech to LGBT youth at LoveLoud Festival in Salt Lake City, Cook said:

“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’ve come to deliver a simple message that I want every LGBT person to hear and to believe: You are a gift to the world, a unique and special gift, just the way you are. Your life matters.”

“To you, I say: find your truth. Speak your truth. Live your truth. Let me tell you, normal might just be the worst word ever created. We’re not all supposed to be the same, feel the same or think the same, and there is nothing wrong with you.”

“Now, I know that life can be dark and heavy, and sometimes it 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 your own skin, attitudes will change, life will get better, and you?”

“You will thrive.”