Apple Inc. Adds LGBT Featured Section to iTunes

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In light of the LGBT Pride Month of June and the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage, Apple Inc. has added an LGBT featured section to the App Store, on Friday. The section features books, apps, music, TV shows, movies, and podcasts that celebrate LGBT civil rights.

Apple added a message to note the historical significance of the new section, “Every June, we commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots— a history-making moment in which gay men and women fought back after decades and decades of relentless discrimination. It heralded the beginning of the modern gay rights movement, launching the struggle for public visibility, cultural acceptance, and legal equality that the LGBT community has continued battling for ever since. To celebrate these efforts, we’ve gathered a selection of movies, music, TV shows, apps and more—all reflecting the broad and diverse spectrum of LGBT pride.”

This “broad and diverse spectrum of LGBT pride” includes an array of popular movies like Milk and albums like Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour.

One of the rapidly growing apps featured, PRIDE Study, was created by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco. The app, as seen in the Apple Store, describes itself as “the first large scale, long-term health study of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LBGTQ), or another sexual or gender minority.

The app will focus on gathering information to help doctors and scientists understand health issues that may occur in the LGBT community in order to improve overall health. The app is also designed to let people vote on various health topics they would like to be looked into by researchers. For example, whether or not LGBTQ community members are more prone to a certain disease. In order to gather this information, the app will provide questionnaires to be filled out by participants.

It’s great to see Apple getting involved in the celebration!

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