Bil Browning

Apple: From one extreme to the other

Filed By Bil Browning | November 02, 2010 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Gay Geeks, Living
Tags: App Store, Apple, corporate homophobia, gay dating, peekabootranny

Last week I took Apple to task for approving a PeekabooTranny app for their iPhone store. This week, a gay dating app was rejected for using the word "gay" in its description. Seriously. Look:


This has gone from one extreme to the other. When we wonder why the movement for LGBT equality gets stalled constantly, maybe it's because we've not done a good enough job of delineating and comparing a "don't ask don't tell" homophobic mentality and actual actively offensive/violent homophobic language or actions. Apple got smacked for using bad terminology and now there's been a knee-jerk reaction. Sound familiar?

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Gay... OOOh, bad upsetting word.

Tranny... Har har, funny good word.

Thanks, I got it.

Overreacting and being ultra PC. To hell with that be honest and real. Examine ever case on its merits and if you make a mistake be ok with that. Just try to make amends. People make life so hard sometimes.

It probably has to do with anti-defamation, medical and psychiatric organizations shifting definitions of certain behaviors, gene expression and the acquisition of primary and secondary sex(gender) characteristics which are at variance with the twenty-third pair of chromosomes and also their transfer in sexual reproduction, away from the word "sex" and toward the word "gender", as has been done regarding the change from "transsexual" to "transgender" and, in some ways similarly, from "intersex" to "DSD". Apple is probably anticipating a change in parlance from "gay dating" to "same gender encounters". Gay sex will probably no longer be the preferred way to describe relationships which will be considered to be more accurately described as "same gender intimacy".

If one gives the matter consideration, one must ask the same kind of questions raised about the concepts of transsexualism and intersex, which involves asking whether one can actually change sex and whether one can actually have characteristics of both sexes and exist somewhere in between the sexes. If those are valid questions, it would follow that one should also ask whether one can actually have sex with a "same gender" partner. Wouldn't it follow that if someone who mistakenly considered themselves to be of a transsexual background is actually transgender that two "same gender" partners would actually be having gender instead of sex when engaging in encounters of an intimate nature? Isn't that what Bill Clinton was getting at when he said, "I never had sex with that woman!"???

I think Apple is probably just waiting on their legal team for a definition of what the word "is" is.

No, they haven't rejected an app for using the word "gay" in its description. They're just warning you that they might reject your app if you use the word "gay."

For example, "don't buy [competing app], it's so gay." It's a very ill-advised way to communicate that, but that's probably all that they're saying here.

I'm all for Apple-bashing, but never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.