Google finally pulls ‘conversion therapy’ app from its store

Google CEO Sundar Pichai

Google CEO Sundar Pichai

The app was developed by Living Hope Ministries, a Christian group started some 30 years ago, which says it serves people feeling conflicted about their faith and sexuality.

Google will remove a controversial app that promoted "conversion therapy" from its Play Store after pressure from a gay-rights lobby.

In a statement to the Daily Dot, HRC President Chad Griffin said, "We applaud Google for making the right decision to pull this app from their online store". Living Hope Ministries has claimed that the app does not promote or endorse conversion therapy. Brad Hoylman had been campaigning for the app's removal.

"VICTORY: TWO is delighted that Google finally deleted a unsafe app that targeted LGBTQ youth with toxic messages of guilt and shame", tweeted Truth Wins Out.

Video released of Alaska father, son illegally shooting bear and shrieking cubs
Both Andrew and Owen Renner were criminally charged over the incident. "Yeah, that would be a good idea", said Owen in the video. The men are then seen pulling the mother bear from the den, high-fiving each other before posing for photos with the dead bear.

The Human Rights Watch said in a statement to Bloomberg that Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc, will not get a new rating until the company stops making the app available to download on Android phones. They took no action.

The tech giant, which recently earned a flawless score on HRC's Corporate Equality Index (CEI) to measure LGBTQ inclusion at work, will now have its rating withheld until the app in question is no longer for sale on Google devices.

Conversion therapy damagingly seeks to change person's sexual orientation or gender identity, and is banned in multiple USA states while being denounced by several medical organizations as harmful pseudoscience.

Sixteen states and Puerto Rico have banned conversion therapy.

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