Google Continues Ban on Word "Bisexual"
BERWYN HEIGHTS, MD. Apple Inc. stated last week that they would no longer flag the word "bisexual" in their App Store after being prompted by a petition by the LGBTQ history app Quist. Now the app's creator is using that momentum to ask the Google search engine to follow suit.
"Despite statements in the past three years that they will allow the word 'bisexual' to autocomplete, Google still puts up an extra barrier to accessing information on bisexual resources and support," says Sarah Prager, 27, creator of the Quist app. Taking the same approach as with Apple, she created a Change.org petition asking Google to unblock the term.
Faith Cheltenham, president of the bisexual advocacy group BiNet USA, was the first individual to sign the petition. Cheltenham wrote about this issue in 2012 for the Huffington Post: "Google would like you to think this accident is something they shouldn't be liable for, but their inaction perpetuates ignorance and has exponentially increased the size of the bisexual invisibility field." Watch her video of the ban in action.
Further details and quotes are available on the petition page. The petition can be viewed here.
Quist’s mission is to educate the world about the roots of the LGBTQ community, make LGBTQ history more engaging and relevant, let LGBTQ youth know that others have shared their struggle, and promote organizations that make LGBTQ history today and every day. The app is free for iOS and Android.