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Exodus International, the notorious "ex-gay" organization, has just
released an iPhone app that, according to its website, is "designed
to be a useful resource for men, women, parents, students, and ministry
leaders." The Exodus website further boasts that its app received a 4+
rating from Apple, meaning that it contains "no objectionable content."

No objectionable content? We beg to differ. Exodus' message is hateful
and bigoted. They claim to offer "freedom from homosexuality through the
power of Jesus Christ" and use scare tactics, misinformation, stereotypes
and distortions of LGBT life to recruit clients. They endorse the use of
so-called "reparative therapy" to "change" the sexual orientation of their
clients, despite the fact that this form of "therapy" has been rejected by
every major professional medical organization including the American
Psychological Association, the American Medical Association, and the
American Counseling Association. But reparative therapy isn't just bad
medicine -- it's also very damaging to the self-esteem and mental health
of its victims.

This new iPhone app is the latest move in Exodus' dangerous new strategy
of targeting youth. In light of the recent wave of LGBT youth suicides,
this tactic is particularly galling as it creates, legitimizes, and fuels
the ostracism of LGBT youth by their families. According to a study
published in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, LGBT teens
who experienced negative feedback from their family were 8 times more likely
to have attempted suicide, 6 times as vulnerable to severe depression, and
3 times more likely to use drugs (Caitlin Ryan, San Francisco State
University, June 2009).

Apple doesn't allow racist or anti-Semitic apps in its app store, yet it
gives the green light to an app targeting vulnerable LGBT youth with the
message that their sexual orientation is a "sin that will make your heart sick"
and a "counterfeit." This is a double standard that has the potential for
devastating consequences.

Apple needs to be told, loud and clear, that this is unacceptable.
Stand with Truth Wins Out -- demand that the iTunes store stop supporting
homophobia and remove the Exodus app.

Category:Aliya Leigh Videos -- posted at: 7:45pm EST
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