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Heard about the recent outrage in support of the LGBTQ+ community against the Apple App Store for reportedly taking down their applications from the platform?
Want to dive deep into the background of the whole fiasco? In that case, make sure you stick throughout the entire article and read about the outrage against the Tech giant, Apple.
Apple has been under attack for delisting LGBTQ+ apps from the Apple App Store in 152 countries worldwide. Apple is allegedly banning applications or data in 152 regional Apple App Store, according to a complaint from China-based NGOs Fight For Freedom and GreatFire
The study details 1,377 instances of LGBTQ+ applications being blocked from digital marketplaces, with the Saudi version banning the vast majority of apps with 28.
Furthermore, at least 50 LGBTQ+ applications are presently inaccessible through one or more Apple App Stores, including the bulk of the most prominent options. Among all the report’s results, it is seen that China’s Apple App Store has deleted 27 LGBTQ+ related apps, either at the Chinese government’s request or beforehand.
Countries Where This Ban Took Place against the LGBTQ+ Apps
Apple’s role in facilitating these restrictions is demonstrated by instances such as Malaysia, where the government criminalizes homosexuality but only removes seven LGBTQ+ apps from the Apple App Store.
According to the associations, the majority of app shops with a large number of prohibited apps are located in nations with a bad track record when it comes to LGBT human rights. Apple is also criticized for facilitating censorship, citing Niger and South Korea as examples of countries wherein homosexuality is legal but still ranks in the top ten nations blocking the most LGBTQ + applications on the Apple App Store.
Mainland China comes in second place with 27 applications that have been removed from the Apple App Store, followed by the UAE with 27, Ghana with 26, and Nigeria with 25. On the other hand, the UK has prohibited two of them. Canada, Australia, and the United States have not banned any app on the Apple App Store.
Although the study focused on the Apple App Store, consumers can still access services associated with prohibited applications in other ways. For example, numerous developers provide web-based versions that are accessible via Safari, it is also feasible to overcome government-imposed restrictions and geolocation restrictions on Apple App Store programs by using a VPN service.
What Does the Term “LGBTQ+” Mean?
LGBTQ+ refers to those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (or occasionally questioning), and others. The “plus” symbol symbolizes other sexual orientations, such as transsexual and Two-Spirit. While the first 4 characters of the abbreviation were used ever since the 1990s, there has been a growing awareness in recent years of the importance of include additional sexual identities to provide a more accurate representation.
The abbreviation is used to indicate a wide variety of sexual orientations and gender identities, including those who are transsexual and/or attracted to the same/similar genders.
What Do the Different Letters Mean?
L (Lesbian): Lesbians are referred to as women who are attracted to individuals of the same gender.
G (Gay): Gay is a word that is frequently used to describe men-aligned persons who are solely attracted to persons of similar genders. Lesbians, on the other hand, can also be called gay. The term “gay” gained popularity in the 1970s. Nowadays, homosexual and pansexual individuals frequently use the term gay to informally refer to themselves while discussing their comparable gender attraction.
B (Bisexual): The term “bisexual” refers to an attraction to both sexes. Recognizing bisexual folks is critical, as there have been times when persons who identified as bi were mistaken for gay. Since the 1990 publication of the “Bisexual Manifesto,” bisexuality has encompassed transgender, binary, and nonbinary persons.
T (Transgender): It is a word that refers to individuals whose gender identity differs from the gender given at birth.
Q (Queer or Questioning): While the term “queer” may be used to refer to a particular identity, it is frequently used to refer to anybody who is neither heterosexual nor straight. However, it is slander. It should not be applied to all people in the community and must be used exclusively by heterosexual persons to refer to someone who expresses an explicit identification with it. Individuals who are unclear about their sexuality and gender identity are said to be questioning.
+ (Plus): This ‘plus’ symbol represents all genders and sexualities that are not addressed by one of the above 5 initials. Two-Spirit is an example of a pan-Indigenous American culture.
Why the “Plus” Is Critical?
While abbreviations such as LGBTQ are frequently used, many activists feel that the “plus” is critical and must not be disregarded. The acronym is intended to symbolize the enormous range of persons who are attracted to the same gender and who are transsexual. The introduction of the + symbol allows for a more complete representation of such variety.
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