A Russian man has sued Apple because an iPhone app allegedly convinced him to try being gay, and now he “can’t get out.”
The man, identified as D. Razumilov, sued the tech giant on Sept. 20 in Moscow’s Presnensky District Court. He claimed that he turned homosexual after ordering BitCoin on the iPhone app in 2017, the Govorit Moskva radio station reported last week.
Razumilov said that instead of the non-gay cryptocurrency he wanted, he received one called “GayCoin” along with a note saying, “Don’t judge until you try.” That simple message unleashed forbidden thoughts that would destroy his life, he said.
“I thought, in truth, how can I judge something without trying? I decided to try same-sex relationships,” he recounted in the lawsuit. “Now I have a boyfriend and I do not know how to explain this to my parents.”
Razumilov alleged that Apple had “pushed” him “toward homosexuality through manipulation,” and that he “will never become normal again.”
“The changes have caused me moral and mental harm,” he said.
What D. Razumilov faces as a gay man in Russia
Russia decriminalized homosexuality in 1993, but it is still widely rejected in the country. In 2013, the government passed legislation banning the promotion of so-called gay propaganda. In the past year, a number of gay activists have been attacked and killed in Russia.
Razumilov’s lawyer, Sapizhat Gusnieva, argued that even though a third party app triggered his client’s turn to homosexuality, Apple has a “responsibility for their programs.”
The case it due to be heard on Oct. 17, according to the Moscow court’s database.
Apple did not immediately respond to Pluralist’s request for comment.