On Tuesday evening, Apple removed the app that was introduced last week by Exodus International. The app, which claimed to help people deal with unwanted same-sex attractions, followed the teachings of Exodus International, which suggests that there is a “cure” to being gay. Such efforts have been condemned by every respected medical and psychological group in this country as explicitly dangerous and harmful to both physical and mental health. By removing this app, Apple has reinforced its commitment to “harm none.”
PFLAG National commends Apple for following it’s guidelines to remove “Any app that is defamatory, offensive, mean-spirited, or likely to place the targeted individual or group in harm’s way will be rejected.” The American Psychological Association, American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, and American Counseling Association have all rejected “ex-gay” therapy, saying that it can result in serious harm to the mental health of its victims. The mission of Exodus International is truly harmful to LGBT people.
Please take a moment today to thank Apple and Steve Jobs for removing the Exodus International app from iTunes. Thank you for moving equality forward!