Russian memorial to Apple founder Steve Jobs dismantled after CEO comes out as gay

Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple came out as gay last week. Credit: Reuters

A statue erected in St Petersburg in memory of Apple founder Steve Jobs has been dismantled because the current Apple CEO publicly announced he is gay.

Tim Cook revealed his sexuality in last Thursday in a statement he said he hoped would help gays rights.

The following day the two-metre monument, built outside a college in St Petersburg in 2013 by a group of Russian companies called ZEFS, was taken down.

In a statement the group said they had to abide by a law combating "gay propaganda", particularly among young people.

In Russia, gay propaganda and other sexual perversions among minors are prohibited by law.


Cook said he had decided to come out to help move forward civil rights, confirming a fact that had been widely known in the Silicon Valley tech community but was rarely discussed.