Steve Jobs Made His First Gay Friend Back in 1974

10.24.2011

By Raef Harrison

A new biography of the late Steve Jobs, written by Walter Isaacson, is out today, and in it is an account of the very first time Jobs met someone who was gay, back in 1974. From a transcription of the biography on Towleroad:

He became friends with Ron Wayne, a draftsman at Atari, who had earlier started a company that built slot machines...One weekend Jobs was visiting Wayne at his apartment, engaging as they often did in philosophical discussions, when Wayne said that there was something he needed to tell him. "Yeah, I think I know what it is," Jobs replied. "I think you like men." Wayne said yes. "It was my first encounter with someone who I knew was gay," Jobs recalled. "He planted the right perspective of it for me."

Read more about the biography over on Towleroad.com. And read Tom Rielly's story of how Steve Jobs helped him come out of the closet on Out.com.

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