Saturday, June 8, 2013

Fwd: You can't cure gay

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From: "Andre and Jeremy," <>
Date: June 7, 2013 5:10:15 PM EDT
Subject: RE: You can't cure gay
Reply-To: "Andre and Jeremy," <>

Apple just pulled a dangerous anti-gay app from their store, but Google is still holding out.
A new app called "Setting Captives Free" lures in vulnerable people who are struggling with being gay, with an offer to 'cure' them. The app is still available via the Google Play store and we've just found a version that's designed for Google's popular internet browser, Chrome.

A global outcry will get Google's attention. We want them to take down this harmful app before someone gets hurt, just like Apple did. Speak up by signing now, because love isn't a disease. Will you ask your friends and family to sign now?

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Thanks for going All Out,

Andre, Jeremy and the rest of the All Out team.

Sent 31 May 2013:

Dear Jayne,

Less than 24 hours ago we launched a campaign to get Apple and Google to drop a dangerous app from their stores that thinks it can 'cure' people of being gay. The 60-day course tells gay people they are not "born this way" and offers to help find "freedom from the bondage of homosexuality."

And, after just 24 hours the app has disappeared from the iTunes store! Only Google is left with the harmful app still available in their online store. Tell Google to pull the app now:

This amazing response came after 37,000 All Out members asked Apple and Google to pull the dangerous gay 'cure' app "Setting Captives Free" from their online stores. Google has a great reputation for doing what's right, if even more of us speak out they'll pull the app. Will you sign the petition to ask Google to join Apple and drop the gay 'cure' app?

If we all pitch in right now, we can get "Setting Captives Free" off of the two most popular places to download apps within 48-hours.

Help set a powerful precedent for others who want to push their harmful practices and make people think being gay is a disease or a sin. Sign now:

Google has yanked apps like this before for violating their user agreement, which bans hate speech. If thousands of us sign right now, it will generate massive media buzz and pressure this major global company, who is proud of its pro-equality brand, to act quickly. 

Tell Google – drop "Setting Captives Free" now before anyone else gets hurt:

Major health organizations like American Psychiatric Association and Pan-American Health Organization, as well as many governments, have denounced all gay 'cure' practices as dangerous and discriminatory. There's overwhelming evidence that these so-called treatments can cause terrible harm to lesbian, gay, bi, and trans people, or anyone forced to try to change who they are or who they love.

Google should be stopping hate like this at their gates. If "Setting Captives Free" gets away with it, soon others will be pushing their dangerous 'pray away the gay' practices further. We need to make it clear to these powerful global companies that they have to act fast and to pull this dangerous app and others like it from their stores immediately.

Ask Google to stop the hate and drop the app today:

All Out members are known for standing against dangerous gay cures all over the world. Because we've spoken out, officials in Argentina, France, the United Kingdom, the United States, and beyond have denounced gay cures. It's getting harder for anti-gay opponents to push their 'cure' agenda through governments, so now they're resorting to corporate channels.

Will you join in sending Google a clear message that they can't allow "Send Captives Free" to use their stores to spread the wrong-headed and dangerous message that being gay is a curable disease.