Google had its approval revoked by a prominent LGBTQ group.
The country’s biggest LGBTQ rights group to revoke the approval of Google over the company’s refusal to remove an app, linked to the practice of conversion therapy.
The Mountain View, Calif. the company, which previously scored a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI) due to the policy as a same-sex health benefits and transgender-inclusive health care, now have the rating withheld until the app Living Hope Ministries has been deleted from the Android phones. The tech giant has faced pressure to remove the app from various LGBTQ groups.
“We are urging Google to remove this app, because it is extremely dangerous to LGBT youth and clearly in conflict with its own standards,” Human Rights Campaign said in a statement to Fox News on Thursday. “Amazon, Apple and Microsoft have taken action to remove the app from their platforms, but so far Google has refused, despite our warnings about the dangers.”
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In addition, the footnote to Google the entry on the CEI reads as follows:
“Sometimes known as “reparative therapy,” so-called “conversion therapy” encompasses a range of dangerous and discredited practices that falsely claim to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Such practices are rejected by every mainstream medical and mental health organization for decades. Minors are especially vulnerable, and the conversion of the therapy can lead to depression, anxiety, drug use, homelessness, and suicide.”
The Sundar Pichai-led company has taken heat about the app since earlier this year.
HRC President Chad Griffin speaks on stage at The Human Rights Campaign 2018 Los Angeles Gala Dinner at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L. A. LIVE on March 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Human Rights Campaign)
New York State Sen. Brad Hoylman has previously called on Google to remove the app, and said in a statement to Fox News on Thursday: “so-called LGBT conversion therapy is child abuse. That is where, in person, and it is true online. By allowing people to get easy access to an application that openly promotes gay as a ‘disease,’ Google is how to enable these dangerous and fraudulent practices.”
A petition demanding that Google remove the app garnered 140,000 signatures on Change.org. All of the apps on Google Play, meet the company’s Play policy, which you can find here.
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The app reportedly provides users with recordings of sermons and text reflections and contains sections for men, women, youth, and parents. Living Hope Ministries has asserted that the app does not promote or endorse conversion therapy.
Sixteen states and Puerto Rico have banned conversion therapy. The practice is widely opposed by mainstream medical institutions and organizations.