Demand that Apple remove "ex-gay" iPhone app
  • Petitioned Steve Jobs

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Steve Jobs
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Tim Cook
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Steve Dowling

Demand that Apple remove "ex-gay" iPhone app

    1. Petition by

      Truth Wins Out

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April 2011

Victory

Tech giant Apple faced considerable pressure to pull an app from its App Store, produced by Exodus International, that advocated "curing" gay people of their sexual orientation. After 150,000 emails from Change.org members, and considerable pressure from the group Truth Wins Out, Apple pulled the app, agreeing that it was offensive and in violation of their editorial standards. John Becker, Director of Communications and Development with Truth Wins Out, thanked Change.org members for helping push Apple on this issue. "Truth Wins Out was honored to have the support of more than 150,000 Change.org members, who helped send a message to Apple that 'ex-gay' therapy is dangerous, harmful, damaging, and has no place on the iTunes platform," said Becker. "This is really a testament to how the power of online organizing can be harnessed to advance social change and confront homophobia."

Exodus International, the notorious "ex-gay" organization, has just released an iPhone app that, according to its website, is "designed to be a useful resource for men, women, parents, students, and ministry leaders." The Exodus website further boasts that its app received a 4+ rating from Apple, meaning that it contains "no objectionable content."

No objectionable content? We beg to differ. Exodus' message is hateful and bigoted. They claim to offer "freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ" and use scare tactics, misinformation, stereotypes and distortions of LGBT life to recruit clients. They endorse the use of so-called "reparative therapy" to "change" the sexual orientation of their clients, despite the fact that this form of "therapy" has been rejected by every major professional medical organization including the American Psychological Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Counseling Association. But reparative therapy isn't just bad medicine -- it's also very damaging to the self-esteem and mental health of its victims.

This new iPhone app is the latest move in Exodus' dangerous new strategy of targeting youth. In light of the recent wave of LGBT youth suicides, this tactic is particularly galling as it creates, legitimizes, and fuels the ostracism of LGBT youth by their families. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, LGBT teens who experienced negative feedback from their family were 8 times more likely to have attempted suicide, 6 times as vulnerable to severe depression, and 3 times more likely to use drugs (Caitlin Ryan, San Francisco State University, June 2009).

Apple's app guidelines, released last September, detailed rules on how the company decides what can and cannot be sold through its store: "Any app that is defamatory, offensive, mean-spirited, or likely to place the targeted individual or group in harms way will be rejected," the company states.

Apple doesn't allow racist or anti-Semitic apps in its app store, yet it is giving 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.

Apple needs to be told, loud and clear, that this is unacceptable. Stand with Truth Wins Out -- demand that the iTunes store stop supporting homophobia and remove the Exodus app.

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 153 signatures
    2. Apple has finally released a statement through spokesperson Tom Neumayr: “We removed the Exodus International app from the App Store because it violates our developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people.”

    3. International Media Outlets Cover "Gay Cure" App Being Pulled from iTunes

      Late last night we reported that a heavily criticized "gay cure" iPhone app had been removed from iTunes by Apple, after an online petition on Change.org gathered more than 146,000 signatures. The offending app -- the creation of Exodus International...

    4. Reached 150 signatures
    5. BREAKING: The "gay cure" iPhone app is apparently no longer available in the app store. But, with more than 140,000 people signing the petition from Truth Wins Out, Apple still has not issued a statement saying the app has been removed. Keep up the pressure until Apple confirms that the Exodus International application is gone for good.

    6. DEVELOPING: Has Apple Pulled the "Gay Cure" App from iTunes?

      UPDATE: The President of Exodus International, Alan Chambers, tweets that their "gay cure" app has been removed from the App Store.
      Apple has been under fire for more than a week now for carrying a "gay cure" app on its platform from Exodus...

    7. Breaking down the "why" of our petition to remove the Exodus iPhone app

    8. Rabbi Says Apple Has Moral Responsibility to Pull "Gay Cure" App

      Apple continues to face heat from consumers around the world, over the company's decision to host a "gay cure" app on the iTunes platform. More than 140,000 people have signed a petition urging Apple to drop this app, garnering press coverage all...

    9. ABC News covers the major momentum this campaign is getting -

    10. Hartford Courant: "Ix-nay on the ex-gay phone app" -

    11. Check out this great report from WKRG-TV in Mobile, Alabama/Pensacola, Florida:

    12. More attention from the religious press, this time from -

    13. Coverage from the Land Down Under! Sydney Morning Herald: "Anger at app to 'cure' gays" -

    14. Wall Street Journal: "iPhone App Under Fire From Gay Groups" -

    15. Mashable covers the momentum this petition is receiving, and the amazing volume of individuals calling on Apple to remove this offensive app from iTunes -

    16. Reached 100 signatures
    17. Scientist Calls on Apple to Denounce and Remove "Ex-Gay Therapy" App

      Close to 100,000 people have contacted Apple, urging the company to remove an app from its iTunes store from Exodus International that peddles "ex-gay therapy" and promotes the idea that homosexuality can be "cured." Now another voice is joining the...

    18. Check out this news segment from WPIX in New York, questioning the "ex-gay" app from Exodus International -

    19. Reached 80 signatures
    20. Amazing! Can we help Truth Wins Out get to 80,000 Americans asking Apple to do the right thing?

    21. Reached 75 signatures
    22. More coverage in the United Kingdom, this time from The Telegraph:

    23. Our petition receives international media coverage from the UK's Daily Mail:

    24. Reached 40 signatures
    25. Check out the snarky take from Gothamist covering the "ex-gay" app from Exodus International -

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    • Taylor West PORTLAND, OR
      • over 3 years ago

      This is just wrong!!!

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    • Frank DiLuzio LUDLOW, MA
      • over 3 years ago

      It's very immature and ridiculous to have an app like this.

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    • Terry Morriken NEW YORK, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      Disgusting "app".

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    • Kimberly Bennett GROVE CITY, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      I can't believe that this is 2011 sometimes...

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    • Maureen Flynn TYNE & WEAR, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 3 years ago

      You are either born, gay or straight, no one has an option. Why spend all this money to try & find a cure when it is nature. How would you like it if i tried to cure straight people. People are people & they come in all different guises, why try to change this.

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