It’s come to light that some app stores are offering a free app that promises to help users find “freedom from the bondage of homosexuality”.
The app, available through Apple’s iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store, is called “Door of Hope.”
In the iTunes App Store it is listed as a “lifestyle” app.
It is one of a series of courses and apps from the Setting Captives Free non-denominational Christian ministry in the US.
The app offers a 60 day interactive course “that will teach you to enjoy a newfound relationship with the Lord and how to find freedom from homosexuality. It is possible, and you can learn how.”
The introduction to the course states “that despite what you may have heard elsewhere, you do not have a ‘homosexual gene,’ nor were you born this way with no hope of freedom”.
An online petition has been launched by Allout.org, calling on Apple and Google to remove the gay cure app from their stores.
According to Allout, “multiple people have reported the app but it’s still available for download ﾖ even by young people. We need to get Apple and Google to pull it before anyone else is taken in by its lies and hate”.
The South African Society of Psychiatrists says that it opposes treatments designed to “change a person’s sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual” known as ‘reparative’ or ‘conversion’ therapy.
It further states that it supports the American Psychiatric Association’s stance that “this type of therapy can be destructive,” adding that “reparative therapy runs the risk of harming patients by causing depression, anxiety, and self-destructive behaviour”.