NEW YORK (WPIX)—Computer giant Apple has come under fire by gay rights groups for approving an app that tries to help gay people become straight. "Nonsense," said Murray Ralph who lives in the West Village. "Gay people don't become straight."
Thousands of people have signed change.org's online petition demanding the iTunes store drop the app. The "gay cure"application was created by and named after Exodus International, which describes itself as "the world's largest ministry to individuals and families impacted by homosexuality."
Apple gave the app a 4+ rating which means it doesn't contain any objectionable material. The gay rights group Truth Wins Out strongly disagrees.
"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," the group said. "You can't push people to be what you want them to be, especially through machines," said Anna Abate who lives in Chinatown.
Last year, Apple pulled the app Manhattan Declaration which encouraged users to take a stand against gay marriage.