Did Steve Jobs Identify as Gay?
Despite widespread speculation, there has been no confirmed evidence that Steve Jobs identified as a member of the LGBTQ community. But that hasn’t stopped people from considering the question since the Steve Jobs’ death in 2011.
Family and Relationships
Steve Jobs was married twice, both times to women. During the early years of Apple Computers, Jobs dated Bay Area musician Chrisann Brennan. Brennan gave birth to his daughter, Lisa, in 1978. Jobs was not publicly acknowledge the child as his own until after a paternity test was conducted in 1980.
Jobs married Laurene Powell in 1991 with whom he had three children: Erin, Reed and Eve. The couple remained married until Jobs’ death.
Public Rumors and Speculation
Though there have been rumors and speculation that Jobs may have been gay, no one close to him ever made such an assertion. In fact, his relationship with his wife, Laurene, was widely regarded as a strong and loving one.
Most of the speculation about Jobs’ possible homosexuality has come from those seeking to explain why his daughter Lisa was never fully welcomed by him. But as Lisa has said in interviews, she believes this was due to Jobs’ complicated personality and intensity, rather than any prejudices.
Conclusion: Was Steve Jobs Gay?
No solid evidence exists that Steve Jobs identified as a member of the LGBTQ community. There are many theories and rumors, but nothing confirmed. He remained married to women throughout his life, and his relationship with his family has been described as both loving and rocky, but was likely due to his complicated personality rather than any bias.