A Russian man is suing Apple, saying that an iPhone app turned him gay and got him a boyfriend.
Demanding one million rubles ($15,000) in compensation for moral harm, the complainant identified as D. Razumilov claimed the app "manipulated" him into getting a boyfriend—who he is still with.
The Independent reports the claimant felt compelled to take part in homosexuality after receiving an app payment in a cryptocurrency known as GayCoin instead of the Bitcoin he ordered. He said the money came with a note that said, "Don't judge until you try."
"I thought, in truth, how can I judge something without trying?" D. Razumilov wrote in his court submission. "I decided to try same-sex relationships."
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He added that he didn't know how to explain his relationship to his parents and that his life "has been changed for the worse and will never become normal again." The complainant noted Apple manipulated him into homosexuality, which caused him "moral and mental harm."
Reports say the suit was filed in late September in Moscow and the court will begin hearing the complaint on October 17.
Lawyer Sapizhat Gusnieva insisted it was a genuine case and that her client was "scared" and had "suffered." The Independent reports Gusnieva saying the American tech giant is held accountable for its programs in spite of the alleged cryptocurrency exchange operating on an unidentified third-party app.
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The lawsuit comes as Russia cracks down on LGBTQ+ people in the country, where homophobia is widespread and reports of violations and attacks on the said community have been a normal occurrence—even after decriminalizing homosexuality in 1993.
Moscow implemented a law in 2013 to battle so-called gay propaganda, banning the "promotion of non-traditional lifestyles to minors" and outlawing LGBQ+ activism. The widespread homophobia and anti-gay law pushed the community to experience further discrimination, with a number of LGBTQ+ campaigners being attacked and killed in the past year.