More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
GLAAD Urges Apple to Remove Transphobic iPhone App
GLAAD has contacted Apple with serious concerns after receiving several reports about a transphobic iPhone application called "PeekaBoo Tra**y."
The word "tra**y" is a defamatory term that dehumanizes transgender people and should not be used, so it's extremely disappointing that Apple has approved this item for sale. The "PeekaBoo Tra**y" site itself is also full of offensive, anti-trans material.
For a company that touts its commitment to diversity this judgment lapse on the part of Apple is even more egregious. Bilerico also posted a critique this evening saying in part: "Now what does this wonderful can't-live-without-it app do? You take a picture with it and -- wait for it -- it adds a 'tra**y' into your picture. Get it? She's playing 'peekaboo!' in your picture." Bilerico also called the app offensive and asked: "What's next now that Apple's standards department is okay with stereotypes and slurs?"
We agree, and today GLAAD issued a formal complaint, asking that the company to remove this application. We will keep you posted on our progress.