SNAP: Apple pulls ex-gay app
After online outrage and protests, Apple pulled the application for the iPhone submitted by Exodus International. The application was approved and was available on iTunes for more than a month. However, during that time there were online petitions and outcry asking Apple to remove the app. Change.org sponsored a petition that garnered more than 150,000 signatures.
The so-called reparative therapy offered by Exodus has been debunked by all major medical organizations. It has even been denounced by the American Psychiatric Association as damaging.
SNAP: U.S. calls on UN for LGBT equality
For the first time, the U.S. representatives to the United Nations called on the human rights commission to combat discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people around the world. The U.S. delegates asked the commission to combat laws that impose criminal penalties on gay people. While acknowledging that it is a sensitive topic to discuss, the U.S. delegates told the commission it was time to stop discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
SLAP: Chick-Fil-A donates to anti-gay groups
Restaurant chain Chick-Fil-A has donated more than $1 million to anti-gay groups and causes, according to an investigation released by EqualityMatters.org. The anti-gay chicken restaurant funneled its funds through the WinShape Foundation. The group has donated to the National Christian Foundation, Serving Marriages and the Alliance Defense Group. The group that received the most money, the National Christian Foundation also supports other anti-gay groups, such as Focus on the Family. The Chick-Fil-A spokesperson denied that the donations proved any support of any values and said the company supports all values and all people.