Apple CEO funds gay rights initiative

Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook is donating a “substantial” amount of money to help fund a gay rights initiative.

Cook is donating the undisclosed amount of money to the Washington-based Human Rights Campaign and their Project One America campaign which aims to build more acceptance of LGBT people in the US states of Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi.

Cook grew up in Alabama and his home state and Arkansas and Mississippi do not have any anti-discrimination policies for LGBT people and also do not allow same-sex marriage.

“We hope Tim Cook’s substantial personal investment inspires others to support this vital and historic project,” Jason Rahlan, a spokesman for Human Rights Campaign, said.

“When Tim first learned about HRC’s Project One America — our bold, comprehensive campaign to dramatically advance equality for LGBT Americans in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi — he said, ‘I’m in,'” the Human Rights Campaign said in a blog post.

Cook made headlines in October this year when he officially came out as gay, becoming the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 1,000 company.