ARKANSAS (KFSM) – Apple CEO Tim Cook donated an undisclosed amount of money to a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) project in three southern states, including Arkansas, according to a blog post from the HRC.
The Human Rights Campaign was involved with the organization Keep Fayetteville Fair, which aimed at stopping the repeal of the civil rights ordinance. That ordinance was later repealed by a special election on Dec. 9.
Cook is the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company, the blog post states.
He donated to the HRC’s Project One America, which is a “comprehensive campaign to dramatically advance equality for LGBT Americans in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi,” according to the blog post.
“I’m in,” Cook said, when he learned about the project.
“As the head of one of the largest and most influential companies in the world, his decision sent ripples across the globe with one clear and powerful message: It’s okay to be gay,” the blog post states.
Cook’s donation was a personal one and did not come from Apple, according to the blog post.
The project will get into full swing in 2015 and contain a “greater urgency than ever before,” the post states.
The Human Rights Campaign has a total of 1.5 million members in America, according to the blog post.