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From the Heartland of America to the Deep South, LGBT Americans will achieve full equality. I’d like to share some big news about my good friend Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, and how together we are making this a reality.

We all read Tim Cook's deeply personal words in the pages of Bloomberg Businessweek earlier this Fall: "I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."

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 OK to be gay. As the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company, Tim will have an enormous impact on corporate America and beyond.

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.” Thanks to his generous personal financial investment in the program, together we will move the needle forward at the local and state level, tearing down misperceptions and providing concrete protections for those who need it most.

In 2015, we'll continue this work with greater urgency than ever before. And thanks to the deep, personal generosity of Tim Cook, and the support of our 1.5 million members and supporters across the country, we'll keep making progress every day.

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