Curing the gay? There is no app for that

At least, not anymore. Apple has bowed to public pressure after a petition was signed by 146,000 people.

In the petition letter addressed to Steve Jobs, the Apple chief executive, and posted last week on the site, objectors said: “Apple doesn’t allow racist or anti-semitic apps in its app store, yet it gives the green light to an app targeting vulnerable LGBT youth with the message that their sexual orientation is a ‘sin that will make your heart sick’ and a ‘counterfeit’.

The app was funded by Exodus International and

According to the Florida-based group, homosexuality is “a multicausal, developmental issue and that any individual can experience freedom through the support of caring individuals and the healing power of Jesus Christ”.

And while the claim is to reconcile belief with sexuality, it really sounds more like they think you need to erase the gay before you can embrace the god. Dr Gary Remafedi, director of the Youth and AIDS Projects, criticized Exodus for claiming to base their so-called cure on his research and contacted Apple also.

Sounds like a good time to mention the International Day of Pink on April 13, 2011:

DayofPink is the International Day against Bullying, Discrimination and Homophobia in schools and communities. We invite everyone to celebrate diversity by wearing a pink shirt and by organizing activities in their workplaces, organizations, communities and schools.

It’s great to see people fight against this kind of misinformation and derogatory attitudes and be willing to take a company to task for perpetuating it.

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