Tech giant Google has finally pulled a controversial app from its store that championed the widely-condemned practice of “ex-gay therapy.”
Via Press Release from Change.org.
The move comes after 140,000 people signed a Change.org petition pressuring Google to pull the app, as well as a move by HRC (Human Rights Campaign) to suspend Google from its Corporate Equality Index over the app. The app was created by Living Hope Ministries and touted the practice of “ex-gay therapy” to “cure” LGBTQ people, telling users that it could “help homosexuals leave their destructive lifestyle” and suggested that homosexuality was a “stomach-ulcer-of-a-life.”
“This is what people power looks like, when 140,000 people can convince one of the largest companies in the world to take a bold stand against the dangers of ex-gay therapy,” said Michael Jones, Managing Director of Campaigns at Change.org. “This was the perfect storm of online pressure and institutional activism from the LGBTQ movement, and tonight supporters can claim a big win in convincing tech companies to stand up for equality.”
Amazon, Microsoft and Apple had all previously removed the Living Hope Ministries app from their platform
In a statement from Google read: “After consulting with outside advocacy groups, reviewing our policies, and making sure we had a thorough understanding of the app and its relation to conversion therapy, we’ve decided to remove it from the Play Store, consistent with other app stores.”
While this is a victory for the LGBT community, just a few days ago Back2Stonewall exposed that Google had appointed Kay Cole James, the president of the anti-LGBT, anti-immigration extremist right-wing group The Heritage Foundation to a position to its Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC).
Google did not respond to numerous attempts for a comment.