The owner of a Maryland-based mobile app that gives users a daily dose of LGBT-related history got a message from Apple on Monday morning that she didn't like -- and now she's petitioning the company to change its ways.
According to Sarah Prager, the 27-year-old founder of Quist, she logged into her iTunes Connect account to update the app's description in the iTunes App Store, and was shocked by the Apple message she received when she typed in "bisexual."
"While gay and lesbian rights move forward, the bisexual community is still struggling for visibility and acceptance," she said in a statement. "Treating the word 'bisexual' as spam instead of an identity contributes to the stigma."
Other companies have already faced criticism for blocking or flagging certain general terms associated with the LGBT community -- at times without blocking derogatory terms associated with it.
The issue seems to come up when companies attempt to block sexualized content restricted to adults from being readily accessible through apps. But all content pegged "bisexual" would not be sexualized -- such as that on Quist. Some who had already signed Prager's petition, from around the world, on Monday afternoon pointed that out.
"Bisexual is not a dirty word or an identity to be ashamed of," wrote one poster named Yemisi Ilesanmi, from London. "I am proudly bisexual as are millions of people. Stop the shaming!"
"'Bisexual' is not a dirty word!" wrote John Becker, of Washington. "Fix this now."