AntiGay iPhone App Pulled

first_imgApple has long been a friend of the LGBT community, opposing California’s Proposition 8, removing the anti-gay Manhattan Declaration iPhone app, and earning a 100% score from the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. I am shocked that this same company has given the green light to an app from a notoriously anti-gay organization like Exodus International that uses scare tactics, misinformation, stereotypes and distortions of LGBT life to recruit clients. Apple has apparently responded to the public outcry surrounding Exodus International’s controversial “gay cure” app. The app, which stirred up protest from gay rights groups earlier this month, culminating in a petition signed by nearly 150,000 people, has disappeared from the iPhone App Store.The app first popped up in mid-February, offering downloaders “freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus.” The church also cited medical research as the evidence for the validity of its mission. Dr Gary Remafedi, a researcher behind evidence cited by the church, has since decried the appropriation of his work as “erroneous,” joining the call to pull the app from the store.Apple came under fire for allowing the app to pass through its oft-strenuous vetting process. Gay rights group Truth Wins Out sent a letter to the company, stating, in part,  Apple has yet to issue an official comment on the app.last_img read more