SAN FRANCISCO — Apple has removed an app from an organization that promotes “conversion therapy.”
NBC News reported on Sunday that Living Hope Ministries had it’s app removed from the Apple Store after LGBTQ rights groups lobbied the tech giant to remove it.
From NBC News:
Truth Wins Out, which says it fights “anti-gay religious extremism,” launched a petition Thursday urging Apple to remove the app by Living Hope Ministries, a nonprofit that says it serves “those who are seeking sexual and relational wholeness through a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.”
Living Hope Ministries developed its app three years ago, according to its executive director Ricky Chelette. He said the group is a “discipleship ministry” and “very much like a church.”
“We help people understand who they are in Christ,” Chelette told NBC News on Sunday. “We only help those individuals who are seeking us.”
Truth Wins Out alleged in its petition that the app sought for LGBT youth “to change from gay-to-straight through prayer and therapy.”
The petition had 356 supporters. Truth Wins Out said it will seek to have the Living Hope Ministries app removed from other platforms that still host it.
The gay-rights advocacy group thanked Apple and its CEO Tim Cook in a statement Friday.
“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. “Ex-gay programs are consumer fraud and cause significant harm to the people they purport to help.”
Chelette told NBC that his group plans to appeal the decision.by