Sims condemns Google for hosting conversion therapy app

HARRISBURG, Feb. 12 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., today denounced Google for refusing to remove an app that encourages LGBTQ youth to seek out conversion therapy.

“Google's silent refusal to remove this app speaks volumes about the quality of their commitment to the LGBTQ community,” Sims said. “This app specifically targets youth during a challenging period of their lives as they wrestle with their identity in an attempt to connect them to a dangerous practice that is condemned by every reputable professional medical association that exists. Let us be clear, this is abuse -- not therapy.

“I would encourage Google executives to meet with victims of this debunked and cruel practice, as I have, to learn firsthand of the lifetime of pain and anguish they continue to enable. Facilitating this abuse is abhorrently wrong.

“I have introduced legislation to ban conversion therapy in Pennsylvania so the commonwealth can join the 15 states that have done so to protect youth from this abuse that leads to significantly higher rates of depression, substance abuse and suicidal ideation. Google’s continued failure to remove this app demonstrates it is on the wrong side of history, science and medicine.

“I call on Google to join Microsoft and Amazon in immediately suspending this app on its platforms to send a clear message to LGBTQ youth across the country that they are perfect the way they are.”