In an article in BloombergBusinessweek, Tim Cook spoke up about his sexuality: “I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So 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.”

+ Cook’s news doesn’t necessarily come as much of a shock to industry followers, and public opinion related to this issue has dramatically shifted, so really, what’s the big deal about Cook coming out? In part, this: In 29 states, you could be fired for doing the same.

+ The New Yorker: Tim Cook and the end of gay rights as a wedge issue.