Apple Removes Gay Conversion Therapy App from App Store

Apple has removed a conversion therapy app from the App Store after a gay rights organization called for its removal, The Dallas Morning News reports. LGBT rights organization Truth Wins Out reportedly launched a petition against a “heinous” app constructed by Living Hope Ministries, an Arlington-based religious group. The free app reportedly promoted a “more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ” as a means of getting rid of homosexuality, and provided “one-on-one counseling, support groups, online forums.” One day after the petition was launched, the app was taken down from the store. “We thank Apple for exemplifying corporate responsibility and taking swift action to remove a dangerous app that stigmatizes and demeans LGBT people,” Truth Wins Out Executive Director Wayne Besen said in a statement. “Ex-gay programs are consumer fraud and cause significant harm to the people they purport to help.” As of Friday, the links for the Apple and Windows apps were reportedly broken. In 2011, Apple also reportedly removed a separate gay conversion therapy app from Exodus International—a Christian group which is now defunct.