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Russian Man Files Lawsuit Against Apple For 'Turning Him Gay'

Russian Man Files Lawsuit Against Apple For 'Turning Him Gay'

He says an app encouraged him to try same sex relationships

Claire Reid

Claire Reid

A man in Russia has filed a lawsuit against Apple for 'moral harm' after he claims an iPhone app 'turned him gay'.

The man filed his claim in a Moscow court, where he is asking for one million rubles (£12,400), according to the complaint seen by AFP and reported in the Moscow Times.

He claims he was sent a cryptocurrency called GayCoin via an app, instead of Bitcoin, which he had ordered.

The man claims an app 'turned him gay'.

Sapizhat Gusnieva, a lawyer acting for the unnamed man, told AFP the lawsuit was 'serious' and said the man was 'scared, he suffered'.

According to the claim the GayCoin arrived with a note which read: "Don't judge until you try." So, the man decided to do just that... and, despite the fact that you can't 'turn' someone gay, he says he is now in a relationship with a man.

In the suit, the complainant wrote: "I thought, in truth, how can I judge something without trying? I decided to try same-sex relationships.

"I can say after the passage of two months that I'm mired in intimacy with a member of my own sex and can't get out.

"I have a steady boyfriend and I don't know how to explain it to my parents. After receiving the aforementioned message, my life has changed for the worse and will never be normal again."


The complainant went on: "Apple pushed me towards homosexuality through manipulation. The changes have caused me moral and mental harm."

Despite the 'GayCoin' being exchanged through a third-party application, Gusnieva says Apple has a 'responsibly for their programmes'.

The man filed the suit on 20 September with a court is set to hear the case on 17 October.

When approached by AFP Apple didn't provide a comment on the case.

Homophobia is still widespread in Russia and attacks on the LGBT community are, sadly, pretty common.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: World News, Technology