Apple Takes Heat for Gay Cure App

Online petition pressures Apple to remove "offensive" app

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Ok, now there really is an app for everything.  An organization’s new app is making waves and prompted a non-profit organization to start an online petition demanding its removal.

The app is called Exodus International and is produced by the organization of the same name.  From their policy page:

Exodus is a Christian organization dedicated to equipping and uniting agencies and individuals to effectively communicate the message of freedom from homosexuality, as well as how to effectively convey support and understanding to individuals facing the reality of a homosexual loved one.

The app, which has a 4+ rating from Apple, is said by Exodus to be “designed to be a useful resource for men, women, parents, students, and ministry leaders.”  Some screen caps:

Taking issue with the nature of the app is Truth Wins Out (TWO).  From their site, they are “a non-profit think tank and educational organization that counters right-wing misinformation campaigns, debunks the ex-gay myth, and provides accurate information about the lives of LGBT people”  TWO feels that the app is harmful, as it promotes “freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ.”  TWO has started an online petition to remove the app on change.org.

TWO is confused by Apple’s 4+ rating of the app, which labels it as having “no objectionable content.”

No objectionable content? We beg to differ. Exodus’ message is hateful and bigoted. They…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 o the self-esteem and mental health of its victims.

They also point out that Apple rejects racist and anti-Semitic apps, and argues that this app is no different.  The petition is fast approaching 95,000 signatures.  Apple is no stranger to quickly removing questionable apps, and the fire growing around this one is sure to make them sweat.

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  • http://AppleTakesHeatforGayCureApp Davis

    I am not gay but it is not my business to tell people how to live their lives. I think it is going too far to compare being gay with being black–your sexual orientation can be covered up and denied, black people are black all day every day! That just does not make sense.
    People are in crisis in Japan, is this App really worth talking about? Don’t download it. Everybody won’t share the opinion that homosexuality is normal. Agree to disagree.
    I believe much of the negativity surrounding gays and lebsians in the 21st century stems from the way they portray themselves in society. If those of us who are not gay and obviously have a hard time understanding the concept of same sex relationships are to come onboard with this, why are the majority of homosexual couples imitating heterosexual relationships? When you see two lesbians one dresses like a man and acts like a man and the other one is a regular woman. Same on the other spectrum. Always a feminin looking and acting guy with a macho type. I just can’t make sense of that. If a woman loves women then why does she not love her own femininity and covers is up under a male persona, Ellen Degeneres for example. I am confused.

  • http://supplementscreatine.com/ Sup

    I’m real surprised on this one, however I can’t help but laugh. Apple seems to be the golden child in the media. Interesting to see them in hot water for once.

  • xv22

    1) Of course you can cover and deny your identity, but do you think a society which desires this is OK? Do you think such a live is fulfilling? I don’t know heterosexual people who hide their sexuality in order to be safe from harassment, too.
    2) People are in crisis everywhere and everywhen. You will always find some lame reason to excuse racism, sexism etc. But it’s just not true – the earthquake in Japan and war in Libya doesn’t make Apple’s sexism any better.
    3) Gays and lesbians “portray themselves in society” like other people do. They are part of the society, and the individual people don’t portray themselves more than you do. And it’s their right, as it is yours.
    4) You don’t know much gays and lesbians. I do, and your stereotype is wrong. The majority of gay couples does NOT consist of one who plays the woman and one who is the man.
    5) So you are confused. I think this last sentence is the most important one in your posting. YOU are confused (maybe YOU don’t know what’s right suddenly, maybe YOU even thought about another man [because of your writing style, I’m quite sure that you are a man who wants to prove himself] and are confused because of your own feelings). Is this a reason to attack other people? No. Be confused if you want, but let me live my life.

    • JDButler


      Great response, until your last point. Most people on the planet are trying to prove themselves, that alone does not make someone homosexual or heterosexual. Using a personal remark, ESPECIALLY about sexuality in a discussion about sexuality, is unwarranted.

      @xv22 & @Davis

      The source of most bigotry is generalizations. Generalizing heterosexual people, generalizing how gays “portray” themselves, generalizing blacks or whoever else we want to think about. The best thing we can do is use language to show that we know about 1% of what we are talking about, because that’s probably a good estimate.

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    I am just wondering who approved this app for the App Store. What were they thinking or were they even thinking at all?

  • Bob

    That article’s title is priceless! I have never laughed so hard in my life! “Gay cure” app? LOL! And Apple taking “heat”? LOL.

    Somebody at WPN give my man Josh a raise. He at the same level as Chris, the Google lover. I urge you Josh and Chris to listen to my hero Roy:


  • http://kenotech.com elijah

    exodus international?!? While reminding everyone that a pot ( a black pot) calling a kettle ( a black kettle) black – IS WRONG.

    I am willing to bet ( a nickel to a donut) that the folks at EI worship the devil (indirectly)
    AND what place to they have to judge homosexuals (who also indirectly worship the devil)?

    Who indirectly worships the devil? Those who committ Idolatry and worship Jesus Christ AS GOD. Sorry folks Jesus Christ is NOT GOD NOW, never was GOD, and NEVER WILL BE GOD. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, but NOT God himself.

  • Michael E

    OK- so here’s the deal. I am gay. I have always been gay. When I was in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam Conflict I became a “born again” Christian. Imagine my angst when I prayed and prayed and went from one therapist to my local Pastor in an attempt to shed this “abhoration” of being a homosexual. I wound up going to a three year Fundamentalist (Pentecostal Holiness) Bible College, graduated, got married, had a child (daughter), was an Associate Pastor in a Pentecostal Holiness Church in Ohio and in the end woke up one day and realized that I was living the biggest lie I could live by pretending to be someone I could never be. Surely, if Christ was so opposed to homosexuality then He surely would have “cleansed” me of wanting to have sexual liasons with other men. I was most earnest in my devotion to Him and in my petitions to be free of this abomination. Now, at the age of 63, I have come to the conclusion that regardless of what others may think of me, and more importantly engaging in the things by which I am judged by them, I am at peace not only with myself but with my God. While these modern day Pharisees rush about declaring that everyone must conform to their way of thinking and become as they are I can’t help but think of Christ’s words to the religious leaders of His time when He declared that they were making their followers “Twice as fit for hell” as they, themselves, were.

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