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LGBT activists in London call for decriminalisation of homosexuality

LGBT activists in London denounce homophobia

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Activists gathered in London on Thursday for a protest denouncing homophobia and calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality in Commonwealth countries.

Images captured by an epa photojournalist on the ground showed members and supporters of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community holding placards outside of Commonwealth House as part of an action condemning homophobia, Efe reported.

“Homophobia is neo-colonialism, stop it,” and “Abolish colonial sodomy laws in the Commonwealth” were among the messages scrawled across the placards.

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The majority of countries in the Commonwealth still criminalize sexual acts between same-sex consenting adults.

United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said he will broach the topic of gay rights during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which was taking place in London from Monday to Friday.  IANS

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Apple Removes App Portraying Homosexuality As “Sin”

Apple was yet to issue a statement on the app's removal

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Apple has removed a religious app from App Store after a petition by an LGBTQ rights organisation called for its removal as the app portrayed homosexuality as “sickness” and “sin”.

According to a report in Fortune on Sunday, the app was created by Living Hope Ministries, a Texas-based religious group.

The app sought lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, two-spirit, asexual (LGBTQ) youth “to change from gay-to-straight through prayer and therapy”.

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“We thank Apple for exemplifying corporate responsibility and taking swift action to remove a dangerous app that stigmatises and demeans LGBT people,” Wayne Besen, Group Executive Director of non-profit Truth Wins Out that began the petition, said in a statement.

Ricky Chelette from Living Hope Ministries Executive, however, told NBC News that “we only help those individuals who are seeking us”.

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Chelette added that he was not informed in advance that Apple would remove the app.

Apple was yet to issue a statement on the app’s removal. (IANS)