Group Petitions Removing 'Ex-Gay' App, Threatens To March On Apple's Offices

Truth Wins Out, the non-profit organization that defends the GLBT community, is urging people to sign a petition demanding Apple to remove an iPhone app called Ex-Gay. The app was created by Exodus International, a group that believes people can "pray away the gay." Truth Wins Out has obtained over 20,000 signatures and threatens to hold a press conference in front of Apple's offices.

"Apple doesn't allow racist or anti-Semitic apps in its store, yet it gives the green light to an app written by an anti-gay extremist group that targets vulnerable sexual-minority youth with the message that they are 'sinful' and 'perverse,'" said Truth Wins Out's Director of Communications and Development John Becker. "This is a double standard that should not stand." The non-profit has reached out to Apple several times but have yet to get a response.

"If Apple does not respond, we will take steps to ensure that Apple meets the victims of 'ex-gay' ministries and learns how their lives were destroyed," said Truth Wins Out's Executive Director Wayne Besen. "It is astounding that Apple would allow an app from an organization that promotes gay exorcisms, demonizes LGBT people, and is rejected by every respected mental health association in America."

Apple has removed the anti-gay Manhattan Declaration app before after the petition received 7,730 signatures. Truth Wins Out's petition to remove the Ex-Gay app has so far garnered over 20,000 signatures, and therefore should stand a pretty good chance of getting the app dumped.