Google's 'Is your Son Gay?' app under attack


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California, Sept 29: A new Google smartphone app that helps parents find answer to find out the homosexuality of their son has been met with criticism.

The Android program 'Is Your Son Gay?' aims to find an answer to the query 'the question you have been asking for perhaps too long'.

The app was also under fire from a gay rights group that reacted sharply to the app calling it 'ridiculous and horrifying'.

The app delivers verdict after parents answer 20 questions about their son that includes questions like does he like to dress well?', 'does he like musical comedies?', 'does he like football? and 'does he like Madonna?'.

Once the quiz is over, the answers parents receive are: 'You have nothing to worry about, your son is not gay. You have a very good chance of being a grandmother with all the joys that brings' or 'Your son is gay. Accept it and know it's not his choice.'

Reports also suggest that the French developer of the app asserted on the fact that the concept was a humorous one.

Eliza Byard, executive director of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Educational Network based in the US denounced the app.

"The questions in this app are horrendous stereotypes that would be completely laughable if they weren't so dangerous. The implication, one, is that there is one way to be if you're gay and, two, that there's sort of blame to attach to parents," said Eliza Byard.

According to Alan Hilfer, psychologist, the app was not an alternate for having a candid talk about sexuality.

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