Don't want to be gay? ...there's an app for that

Isobel - posted on 03/25/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )

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SAN FRANCISCO - A group that advocates "curing" gays of same-sex attractions said Wednesday that its iPhone application had been yanked from Apple’s online iTunes shop.

"We are extremely disappointed to learn of Apple’s decision to deny equal representation in the public square," Exodus International president Alan Chambers said in a release.

Exodus described itself as a global Christian ministry "helping those struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction to live a life congruent with biblical teaching."

Its free iPhone program linked users to Exodus information including videos, podcasts, a Twitter feed, and the group’s page at social networking service Facebook.

"We removed the Exodus International app from the App Store because it violated our developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people," Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told AFP.

Apple removed the software from the App Store late Tuesday, according to Neumayr.

Apple was under pressure to yank the so-called "gay cure" application from its iTunes shop for software for iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices.

As of Wednesday, more than 150,000 people had electronically signed an online petition at a change.org website calling for Apple to dump the Exodus application.

"This app is a slap in the face to Apple’s customer base and serves as a platform to spread misinformation and blatant anti-gay bigotry," said Truth Wins Out (TWO) executive director Wayne Besen.

"It is particularly troublesome because the app focuses on exploiting the fears of desperate and vulnerable gay and lesbian youth."

Truth Wins Out is an organization founded to debunk what it sees as a harmful myth that homosexuality is something that can be cured and produce "ex-gays."

"Apple made a wise and responsible decision to dump an offensive app that demonized gay and lesbian people," Besen said.

Exodus advocates freeing oneself from homosexuality through religion and has publicly condemned the campaign to remove its application from iTunes as an assault on free speech and an improper spin on the application’s purpose.

"This is not a question of free speech, but of stopping a virulently anti-gay organization from peddling false speech at the expense of vulnerable LGBT youth," said TWO spokesman John Becker, referring to young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

"We are grateful that Exodus has lost at least one platform with which to disperse its dangerous message."

Chambers charged that Exodus has been denied a presence at an App Store that features programs tailored for the gay community as well as podcasts from a Gay Christian Network.

"Ultimately, this issue comes down to what we, as a culture, believe about equality and the freedom to express our beliefs," Chambers said.

"It is our hope that Apple will reconsider its decision."
© Copyright (c) The Montreal Gazette



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so...a) can an app help you "overcome being gay"?

b) SHOULD an app help you "overcome being gay"?

c) should this app be available for those who think it might work?

d) does the availability of this app suggest that iphone believes that being gay is a "disorder"?

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Shit like this makes me laugh.Dear lord are some people so fecking stupid.Allow people to be who they are, that app will no way in hell do anything to help people not be gay...get over it and continue living your own life.

Bonnie - posted on 03/26/2011

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It is a known fact that people who are gay are born that way, you don't become gay, so how can some stupid computer application make you straight!?

Katherine - posted on 03/25/2011

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I read this in Cafemom. Completely stupid!!!

A. NO!!!!
B. How can an app help you not be gay? It's something you're born with
C. NO!!! It's demeaning and disgraceful
D. Yes, yes it does.

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Rosie - posted on 03/26/2011

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a. no it can't help you overcome being gay
b. no it shouldn't
c. no it shouldn't be available for those who might think it would work
d. i don't think it means that apples believes that being gay is a disorder. i think they're in a business, and obviously some people think this is a necessary app. however fucked up it may be.

i'm completely tired of people standing behind their religion to discriminate. it pisses me off to the core. if this was an app about how to not be black anymore people would be shitting bricks and apple would have this pulled in two seconds flat. but those HIDING behind their fucked up religious beliefs can keep on keepin on, like it's no big deal. i want to puke now...

Jenni - posted on 03/26/2011

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I said 'no more than amazon believes in pedaphiles" as in they don't because they're a company and companies don't believe in anything. They took it off because people complained and they knew it would be bad for business.... not because they have a conscience. The same is likely to happen to Apple with this app.

Jane - posted on 03/26/2011

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@Jennifer - Amazon does NOT believe in pedifiles. That book was an ebook that was on sale for about 3 days and then pulled.

Jenni - posted on 03/26/2011

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a) no, they can abstain from having sex with same sex and even have sex with the opposite sex.... but they are still homosexual.

b)No one should have to feel that they need to change who they are to be accepted... let alone with the help of an 'app'

c)sure. We attempt to change other things about ourselves all the time... from fake boobs to gender. We have apps to horoscopes and other bogus crap. I don't agree with it but if someone truely believes an app will turn them straight and actually wants that for themselves... who am I to judge.

d)No more than Amazon believes in pedaphilia. It's a company... since when does a company have morals? Unless of course those morals are profitable. Or lack of morals is hurting their profit margins. They will adjust their morals to satisfy demand.



@Laura- that title is priceless.

Jenny - posted on 03/25/2011

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I know where I'd like to stick their Iphones but they'd probably enjoy it.

Jane - posted on 03/25/2011

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No, no, no and yes. People who think you can be "cured" of being gay are ignorant.

Johnny - posted on 03/25/2011

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I wonder if there's an app that can make you gay?

Someday the hubby might drive me to download it!

Sarah - posted on 03/25/2011

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Seriously??? Bahahahahahaha!!!!! OMGosh I'm gonna pee myself!! Where do people come up with this stuff????

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Oh for Pete's sakes. People get over yourself. Obviously if someone gets that app and takes it as a real thing then they don't want to be the way they are to begin with. It should be taken as a goof and get over it.

Sneaky - posted on 03/25/2011

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Sorry, I'm still too busy laughing to comment . . . an app to make you not gay!!! LOL!

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