Apple Removes App By Religious Group Portraying Homosexuality As "Sin"

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The technology company is yet to disclose a statement on the matter, though it announced that the app is no longer available in its stores.

"We thank Apple for exemplifying corporate responsibility and taking swift action to remove a risky app that stigmatizes and demeans LGBT people", said Besen.

Apple's rules state that apps should not include content that is "defamatory, discriminatory, or mean-spirited" including commentary about sexual orientation.

On Friday, Truth Wins Out thanked Apple for removing the app and called on Amazon and Google Play to remove it from their platforms as well.

But it added: "Google and Amazon [must] immediately stop selling and promoting this app, which dehumanises LGBT people". The now-defunct app, which was created by a religious group Living Hope Ministries, drew flak for its "pray away the gay" preaching.

An LGBT+ equality group is calling on tech giants Google and Amazon to remove an "ex-gay app", after Apple took it off the App Store.

"Ex-gay programs are consumer fraud and cause significant harm to the people they purport to help".

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The app sought lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, two-spirit, asexual (LGBTQ) youth "to change from gay-to-straight through prayer and therapy".

It launched an online petition against the app after the group's founder claimed to have been given "the run-around" by Apple's staff when he called them to complain about the app's existence on its platform.

However, looking forward to this issue, Ricky Chelette, the executive director of Living Hope Ministries, said "he had not been told in advance that the app would be removed from AppStore" and also denied that it was a hate organization. "We love gay-identified individuals".

Chelette said that he was attracted to men in the 1980s, but has since changed his life due to his religious experiences.

In one of the screenshots shared in the petition, the app's description read, "We disciple young adults who are actively seeking Christian support as they pursue Christ and His design for sexuality".

"We try to help folks who are conflicted with their faith and feelings", he said.

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