Correa: I remember when I read your column, one of the
sentences that most surprised me was: “I’m proud to be gay, and I
consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.”
Cook: Yes, I strongly believe that. I think there’s many
meanings behind this. One is, it was his decision, not mine. Two,
at least for me, I can only speak for myself, it gives me a level
of empathy that I think is probably much higher than average
because being gay or trans, you’re a minority. And I think when
you’re a majority, even though intellectually you can understand
what it means to be in a minority, it’s an intellectual thing.
It’s not intellectual for me to be in a minority. I’m not saying
that I understand the trials and tribulations of every minority
group, because I don’t. But I do understand for one of the groups.
And to the degree that it helps give you a lens on how other
people may feel, I think that’s a gift in and of itself.