Apple CEO Tim Cook talks about his decision to go public on his sexual orientation in a column for Bloomsberg Businessweek. To the outside world it may seem like a surprise but to the employees of Apple this was old news. In the column Cook states quote “I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others, 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. Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me.” Although there have been rumors that Cook was gay, he never confirmed nor denied those rumors and chose to keep his private like as just that, while maintaining professional decorum. In light of the growing acceptance of the LBGT community & the fight to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states this is a big statement from one of America’s premier companies. With the Apple CEO coming out this may pave the way for other high ranking executives of other big companies to be not only be more accepting of peoples sexuality, but to also have more fairness & tolerance to gay customers & potential employers all across the country.