When asked why she thinks Cook is the only CEO out of all the Fortune 500 companies to come out, she said perhaps he didn’t want to be known as the “gay” guy at Apple. As a gay woman herself, she didn’t want her sexuality to trump her career.
“I never wanted to be known as the lesbian who does money,” Orman said. “I wanted to be known as the money lady who happens to be gay. Not a big deal that I’m gay, but I’m the money lady.”
Orman also said maybe CEOs aren’t even thinking about coming out, running a huge company means they have bigger things on their plate.
“I think when it comes to CEOs and certain people, I don’t even think that, believe it or not, that they’re thinking about that they have to come out,” Orman said. “I think that they’re thinking about that they have a major corporation to run, they’re known as the CEO. I mean everybody knew that Tim Cook was gay. I didn’t even know it was a secret!”
However, Orman says that now after all the attention Cook got for coming out, all major and minor CEOs should come out to make a statement. She is also excited with how quickly the U.S. is moving towards legalizing same-sex marriage.
“I never in my lifetime thought that I would be alive when gay marriage was legal on the federal government level, are you kidding me?” Orman said.
Orman and her wife Kathy Travis (who goes by KT) have been together for 11 years. They got married in South Africa four years ago when gay marriage was legal there, but not in the U.S.
Orman also said she is looking forward to the days when not everyone is assumed straight and no one will have to come out.
“The day that you don’t have to come out anymore is the day you know you’ve hit it big time.”