Sure, we've grown accustomed to celebrities coming out, some with great fanfare. But businesspeople? It's a rarity. Big businesspeople like Tim Cook? Hardly ever at all. In fact, just a short time ago, BP CEO John Browne resigned for fear of being "outed." That was 2007. My, how times have changed!
For a company like Apple to stand at the forefront of diversity and equality issues as well as embracing a prominent gay CEO sends a message to businesses that to succeed, you need to embrace diversity and equality. Tim Cook has instantly made himself a role model for countless gay youth who can now point to a successful openly gay businessman and say, "I can do it too."