The LGBTQ history app Quist launched two weeks ago for iOS and Android and has already been downloaded 10,000 times in 60 countries. But when Quist’s owner logged into iTunes Connect this morning to update the iTunes App Store description of the free app, she saw the following message: “The following is not recommended for use in this field: bisexual. Your app may be rejected if you use this term.”
“I was shocked because of I know Apple has an LGBT-friendly track record,” says Sarah Prager, 27. She immediately created a Change.org petition asking Apple to remove “bisexual” from the warning list. Prager continued: “While gay and lesbian rights move forward, the bisexual community is still struggling for visibility and acceptance. Treating the word ‘bisexual’ as spam instead of an identity contributes to the stigma.”
Quist’s mission is to educate the world about the roots of the LGBTQ community, make LGBTQ history more engaging and relevant, let LGBTQ youth know that others have shared their struggle, and promote organizations that make LGBTQ history today and every day. The project’s expenses are supported by LGBT-friendly businesses advertising in the app and fans’ donations. The app is free for iOS and Android.