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Russian Man Claims iPhone Turned Him Gay, Sues Apple

Russian Man Claims iPhone Turned Him Gay, Sues Apple

A Russian man has sued American tech giant Apple after alleging that an iPhone app had turned him gay.

According to Russian radio station Govorit Moskva, the man who is identified as D. Razumilov is seeking more than $15,000 (N5,422,500) in damages from Apple after claiming that the iPhone drove him to homosexuality.

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.”

“I thought, indeed, how can I judge something without trying it? And decided to try same-sex relationships,” Razumilov lamented in a complaint published by Govorit Moskva on Wednesday.

Apparently, after Razumilov had experimented with a series of same-sex relationships, he found a stable partner. However, Razumilov claims that this leaves him in an even more bemused state.

“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,” his complaint continues. “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.”

Razumilov accused Apple of “manipulatively pushing me toward homosexuality,” which caused him “moral suffering and harm to mental health,” in his 1 million rubles ($15,300) complaint.

Moscow’s Presnensky District Court registered Razumilov’s lawsuit last Wednesday, according to the court database, and has scheduled an interview for Oct. 17.

Homophobia is widespread in Russia where reports of rights violations and attacks on LGBT people are common, though there are gay scenes in major cities. Moscow in 2013 introduced a law against “gay propaganda”, which officially bans the “promotion of non-traditional lifestyles to minors” but in effect outlaws LGBT activism.

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