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Google under fire for allowing users to download ‘conversion therapy’ app

Google under fire for allowing users to download ‘conversion therapy’ app

Facebook targeted young LGBTI people with 'gay cure' ads

Google is under fire for allowing users to download a LGBTI ‘conversion therapy’ app.

Religious group Living Hope Ministries offers vulnerable LGBTI teens and adults ‘gay cures’ through prayer and therapy.

Every mainstream health group considers ‘gay cure’ therapy dangerous to a person’s mental and physical health.

The Texas-based group refers to LGBTI people as ‘sexually broken’ individuals.

Conversion therapy app

Living Hope Ministries also encourages people to ‘walk out of false identities’, claiming LGBTI lifestyles are harmful.

The app also falsely portrays homosexuality as an ‘addiction’, ‘sickness’, and a ‘sin’.

Truth Wins Out has already been victorious in seeing the app removed from the Apple store.

‘By any standard, the app is awful,’ they say.

‘It brazenly compares homosexuality to an addiction. It casually trashes LGBT people as living “destructive lifestyles.”

Wayne Besen, executive director of Truth Wins Out, says it is ‘unconscionable’ that Google is still offering the app.

He said: ‘We are hoping this is simply an oversight from a very large company, rather than an objectionable policy decision that would warrant further action.’

A Living Hope Ministries spokesman said: ‘The claims made by Truth Wins Out are inaccurate and are not descriptive of our ministry or the free app that we offer or the other free services we provide individuals.

‘We are a discipleship ministry that holds to a traditional, orthodox, understanding of Scripture.

‘They also added: ‘We journey with individuals who seek out our help and help as they pursue a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

‘We are saddened by the efforts of Truth Wins Out to eliminate our voice in the public arena.’

Plan to ban ‘gay cure’ therapy

In July, the British government announced their plan to ban ‘gay cure’ therapy.

However, there have been no further announcements since that proposal.

The proposal was part of 30 pages of pledges, including on how to improve police response to LGBTI hate crime.

Other suggestions include more support for LGBTI students and teachers and improvements to gender identity services.

See also

‘Gay cure’ therapy exposed in UK church in hidden-camera investigation

Starvation, drowning and cursed honey: Gay ‘cure’ therapy in the UK

‘Gay cure’ conversion therapy still legal in most countries