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GOOGLE Finally Pulls “Ex-Gay Therapy” App After Immense Pressure

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.

Would You Buy An App That Predicts How Low Your Pendulum Swings?

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In an attempt to be lighthearted I wanted to bring this up. So often you hear in our technology enthused society that there is virtually an application for anything we want. So hear comes the news of the Predicktor app that claims it can accurately estimate the size and girth of a man’s penis. Here’s part of the description on the creator’s website:

The app shares scientific journal articles reporting on men’s health and sexuality. This includes the actual distribution of penis size, as found in peer review journals. It also touches on selected literature studying what women really think about men’s genitalia – not the locker room giggles but actual results from surveys. Men and women can also compare his personal penis length to published length norms throughout the world! Interested on how many men in Greenland have the same size penis? Compare his size to men around the world.

You have to admit that this is a lot of effort to put into finding this information out.. But my question is, so what if the app is somewhat accurate and you meet up with this guy. What if even though this app is correct he could still be really bad in bed so what next? A sex app that predicts how good someone is in bed? That would probably be more beneficial right? Or is that just me?

No judgement from me but don’t be surprised if this doesn’t live..up to the hype. See what I did there? Okay I’ll stop. But I bet this would be a fun party game for your more adventurous friends.

Scruff app updates to include more features, in-app purchases

The gay social networking iPhone app Scruff was updated today which includes changes like in-app purchases and premium features.

We’ve seen a “Premium Features” button in Scruff for a while with no indication to what the features may be, well it looks like the features include:

Browsing Pro $3.99/month

  • Load more guys in all views
  • Swipe to browse navigation
  • Dynamic tab bar for more screen space
  • Block more guys

Messaging Pro $4.99/month

  • Unlimited messaging & full message history
  • Saving photos to private albums
  • Sending recently sent images
  • Save and send higher resolution “Retina” images

Other additions for everybody include multi-device support, UI redesign, improved profile editor and more…

Looks like there are a lot of changes in this release. Download Scruff on iTunes.