LGBT equality advocates and allies are protesting a new iPhone and iPad app approved by Apple that targets so-called “homosexual strugglers.”
More than 80,000 people thus far have signed a Change.org petition objecting to the “gay cure” app, which Apple rated as containing “no objectionable content.”
The “ex-gay” group Exodus International created the app, which promises users “freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus.” Such claims have been unanimously condemned by experts, who concur that attempting to change people’s sexual orientation risks psychological damage and confusion.
Change.org’s petition letter, addressed to Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs, reads, “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’.’ This is a double standard that has the potential for devastating consequences.”
Click the link to the right to sign the new petition letter.