Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) CEO, Tim Cook, on an essay on Bloomberg Business week, made sentiments that might have come as a shocker to many people at Silicon Valley. Cook made it known to the whole world that he is gay and proud. Cook made the remarks reiterating he had never denied his sexuality while emphasizing he had thought of the idea of coming out publicly for a long time.

Apple Stock Unaffected

Cook sentiments have not had any impact on Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s stock clearly showing shareholders don’t mind or care about their head’s sexual orientation. Cook maintains he came out not as an activist, but with a view of helping others who might be struggling to come out. Cook sentiments make him the highest ranking executive to declare publicly he is gay.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) chief in the essay says he was inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King to set aside his privacy and do something that is worthwhile more important. Gay rights activist groups have already praised cooks decision to come out and let the world know he is gay.

Cook to Advocate For Human Rights and Equality

Cook has already affirmed that his decision to come out was a hard one but hopes it will not have an effect on his day to day running of Apple. Cook has also reiterated his commitment to fight for human rights, as well as equality. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has remained an outspoken champion for diversity ever since Cook succeeded Steve Jobs.

The executive acknowledged that for years he has always been open about his sexual orientation and most of his colleagues at Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) already knew about it. The publication of the essay came in the wake of Cook challenging his home state of Alabama to protect the rights of lesbian’s gays and the transgender community at large. Alabama is among states in the U.S that does not recognize same sex marriages