- Created on 04 November 2014
A memorial to Apple founder, Steve Jobs, has been dismantled by a Russian company after current CEO, Tim Cook, announced that he is gay.
The 6ft iPhone-shaped memorial was originally erected by a Russian group of companies called West European Financial Union (ZEFS) outside a college in St Petersburg to honour Jobs, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2011.
ZEFS released a statement on Monday, saying: 'In Russia, gay propaganda and other sexual perversions among minors are prohibited by law,' and that the statue was 'in an area of direct access for young students and scholars'.
Continuing, the company stated: 'After Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly called for sodomy, the monument was taken down to abide to the Russian federal law protecting children from information promoting denial of traditional family values.'
Cook revealed his sexuality in an essay for the BloombergBusinessWeek: "I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realise how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy," he wrote.
Russian president Vladimir Putin last year passed a law that prohibits the spread of ‘gay propaganda’ with the aim to stop young people being ‘exposed’ to homosexuality.
Russian anti-LGBT campaigner, Vitaly Milonov, a member of the Legislative Assembly of St Petersburg, has called for Cook to be banned from Russia, suggesting he could bring "Aids and gonorrhea" to Russia.
He told the FlashNord website: “what could he [Cook] bring us? The Ebola virus, Aids, gonorrhea? They all have unseemly ties over there. Ban him for life."