As you probably know by now, Tim Cook pubically came out today in an op-ed on Bloomberg Businessweek. It's a must read.
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.
Yes, it's unfortunate that this is news, but I suppose there are many seemingly silly steppingstones on the path to equality.
Now, think about this. Not only is Tim Cook the CEO of one of the world's most successful companies, he is one of the most successful CEOs. In fact, Tim Cook in no small part is responsible for Apple's success - under both his and Steve Jobs' leadership. Yet some companies wouldn't have given Tim an opportunity.
Companies and other types of communities that don't embrace inclusion miss out.