LGBT+ organisation Truth Wins Out, which campaigns against anti-gay religious extremism, had thanked Apple for taking down the “pray the gay away” app.
“We thank Apple for exemplifying corporate responsibility and taking swift action to remove a dangerous app that stigmatizes and demeans LGBT+ people,” said Truth Wins Out Executive Director Wayne Besen in a statement.
In 2011, Truth Wins Out set up a petition to get Apple to remove another anti-gay app, which received more than 150,000 signatures before the app was taken down.
Amazon has also followed Apple’s lead and removed the app from its platforms, but one tech giant hasn’t done anything about it and people are not happy with it.
A petition was launched on Change.org and signed by over 41K people which is pressuring the technology giant Google to join Apple and Amazon and ban the “pray the gay away” app from its platform.
“When Truth Wins Out previously brought the hate app to the attention of Apple, Microsoft and Amazon, the companies acted with responsibility and swiftly removed it from their online stores,” it reads.
“The surprising silence from Google is in stark contrast with the corporation’s stated policies of inclusion, respect and diversity.
“So why hasn’t the company taken action?”
Truth Wins Out’s petition reports that the app equates homosexuality to addiction, claiming LGBT+ people live “destructive lifestyles.”
The religious app is owned by Arlington-based religious group Living Hope Ministries.
The petition adds: “‘Ex-gay’ programs are a sham.
“They don’t work, they destroy lives and they are condemned by every respectable medical and mental health organization in the world.”
It concludes: “Please sign our petition to demand that Google stop procrastinating and immediately remove Living Hope’s hateful app that deliberately singles out LGBT people for bigotry and ridicule.
“Every moment that this app remains at Google’s online store, vulnerable LGBT teenagers can download it, so time is of the essence.”
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