Petitioners challenge Apple’s biphobia

Tech giant Apple have decided ‘bisexual’ is a naughty word.

It seems they’ve barred it as a description term for Apps made available through the iTunes store for iPads and other such Apple devices.

A new LGBT history app, Quist, was recently made available through the iTunes store. However, when the text of the App Store description was updated today August 12, 2013, the attempt to add a bisexual tag to the program’s description, the writers of Quist report that this elicited the response:

“The following is not recommended for use in this field: bisexual. Your app may be rejected if you use this term.”

A petition has been started on Change.Org seeking to change Apple’s mind.  The company generally has a good reputation for engagement with the lesbian and gay communities: we may be about to find out how far that extends along the LGBT acronym.

Sarah Prager, creator of Quist, told BiMedia, “Even though Apple did not reject or remove anything from the Quist educational app, having “bisexual” be a flagged word sends a terrible message. In doing my research for this app about LGBTQ history, the trend towards bi invisibility was clear throughout time, and it is a shame that a company that has typically been LGBT-friendly would lump in this identity as spam. I’m confident Apple will correct this oversight as soon as they are made aware of it. ”

You can sign the petition here.