Google deletes 'conversion therapy' app savaged by the LGBTQ community

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After months of backlash from LGBTQ activists, Google has finally had a change of heart regarding a controversial app.

The app by Living Hope Ministries has sparked controversy among LGBTQ activist groups, who accused the program of promoting conversion therapy.

The app reportedly provides users with recordings of sermons and text devotionals and includes sections for men, women, young people and parents.

Facing vast pressure from the LGBTQ civil rights advocacy groups, Google has removed a controversial app that advocated for gay conversion therapy.

Google said it had removed the app from its Play Store after "reviewing our policies".

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The app from Living Hope Ministries is available on Google's app store, and seeks to "help homosexuals leave their destructive lifestyles" while calling homosexuality "a stomach-ulcer-of-a-life", according to Change.org.

Google quickly removed the app from the store following the publishing of the report. I called Google out in the press about this in January. The program has already been removed from app stores run by Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc., the group said.

The US-based LGBTQ civil rights advocacy group - Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation - had suspended Google from its 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for failing to remove the app. Minors are especially vulnerable, and conversion therapy can lead to depression, anxiety, drug use, homelessness, and suicide.

Sixteen states and Puerto Rico have banned conversion therapy.

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