Persecution in America

Apple Yanks Ministry's 'Ex-Gay' App from Online Store after Backlash from LGBT Group

December 31, 2018

A free app developed by Texas-based Living Hope Ministries has been pulled from Apple following accusations that it falsely characterized LGBT lifestyles as an "addiction, sickness, and sin," The Christian Post reports.

The LGBT organization Truth Wins Out established a petition that garnered over 300 signatures in an attempt to have Apple remove what the organization calls a "dangerous" app. A day later, Apple complied without informing Living Hope Ministries.

"We thank Apple for exemplifying corporate responsibility and taking swift action to remove a dangerous app that stigmatizes and demeans LGBT people," wrote Truth Wins Out Executive Director Wayne Besen in a petition update. "Ex-gay programs are consumer fraud and cause significant harm to the people they purport to help," Besen charged.

But in an interview with NBC News, Living Hope Executive Director Ricky Chelette argued the ministry serves "those who are seeking sexual and relational wholeness through a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ," stating "We only help those individuals who are seeking us."

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