Russian iPhone User Sues Apple for 'Pushing Me Toward Homosexuality'

by Sam Cronin

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Thursday October 3, 2019

A new report by The Moscow Times tells the story of a man who claims his iPhone turned him "toward homosexuality." The man is seeking monetary damages from Apple.

His story originally broke on the Govorit Moskva radio station, which detailed the lawsuit and his complaint.

In it, the plaintiff, identified as D. Razumilov, "alleges that he became 'mired in same-sex relationships' this summer after receiving 69 GayCoins on a cryptocurrency payment app he downloaded onto his iPhone in 2017. The unknown sender was said to have included an English-language message that Razumilov interpreted as 'don't judge without trying,'" Moscow Times writes.

After that message, Razumilov said: "I thought, indeed, how can I judge something without trying it? And decided to try some same sex relationships," according to a complaint published by Russian radio station Govorit Moskova."

Razumilov is seeking over $15,000 in damages from Apple for allegedly "turning him gay," according to Newsweek. He claims Apple caused him "moral suffering and harm to mental health," by "manipulatively pushing me towards homosexuality."

He further complained: "I have a steady boyfriend and I don't know how to explain it to my parents. After receiving the aforementioned message, my life has changed for the worse and will never be normal again. I can say after the passage of two months that I'm mired in intimacy with a member of my own sex and can't get out."

He then goes on to claim that the iPhone caused his gay conversion. Newsweek also reports "non smartphone or app-based conversion therapy has historically been focused on converting gay people to heterosexuality, but the practice has been widely discredited in recent years. Although Russian courts may see things differently, the claim that a person can be coerced into changing their sexual orientation appears to be without scientific merit."

His case is due to be argued on October 17 in the Presnensky district court which accepted his complaint.

Russia's stance towards the LGBTQ community has been problematic. In 2013, President Vladimir Putin signed a bill into federal law that banned "homosexual propaganda," a vague anti-gay measure that prohibits children "be exposed" to homosexuality, which can range from a same-sex kiss to a rainbow Pride flag.

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