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LGBT groups to pressure Google to remove conversion therapy app

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Google has refused to take an app to promote gay-conversion therapy from the Play Store despite the pressures of the rights of LGBT groups.

The controversial Living Hope Ministries app, which was removed by Apple from the App Store in December, has drawn opposition in the form of a petition with 139,000 signatures and letters to Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai of two prominent advocacy organizations.

“We are urging Google to remove this app, because it is extremely dangerous to LGBT youth and clearly in conflict with its own standards. 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,” a spokesman of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT rights group in the U.S., told Axios.

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The app reportedly provides users with recordings of sermons and text reflections; there is also a section for “help” allegedly contains stories tell gay and lesbian readers that their sexuality can be ignored or changed. However, the app, the supporters hold that it does not endorse or practice gay conversion therapy.

“We are hopeful that the technology companies recognize the damage of apps that promote the conversion of the therapy. The Trevor Project hears of conversion therapy survivors in a crisis every day, and we remain committed to ending the harmful practice in every state because we know that it contributes to an increased risk of suicidal behavior among HETEROSEXUAL boy,” Trevor Project CEO Amit Paley told Axios.

The Human Rights Campaign is an weight or lower Google’s score in the group of the annual Corporate Equality Index, according to Axios.

A source familiar with the matter told Fox News that there are staff-level discussions between Google and the LGBT groups on this issue.

Fifteen states prohibited by the so-called conversion therapy, according to The Lawyer. The practice, which is against the by most mainstream medical organizations, which states that individuals have the opportunity to make their sexual orientation.

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A New York state senator who sponsored the bill banning conversion therapy in the state, blasted Google for its passivity.

“Google [is] planning to have approximately 7,000 employees in our Senate district, so I would urge them to remove the app as quickly as possible,” he told The verge in a statement. “I am hopeful that they will see the damage that this kind of sends a message to the children and families.”

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