There are a multitude of reasons why someone may choose to take the plunge and sue a huge technology company... but the fact that your phone has turned you gay probably isn't the first one that springs to mind.
Well, in a rather strange turn of events, technology giant, Apple, has found itself at the center of a Russian lawsuit, in which one angry iPhone user is claiming that an app has "turned him gay," and is demanding significant compensation after his life changed "for the worst."
The man also claims that Apple has purposefully manipulated him. Keep scrolling to unravel this utterly bizarre case and the potentially deep-rooted reason why this man is taking the case so seriously.
In Russia, the LGBTQ+ community still faces enormous legal and social challenges.
via: Getty ImagesAlthough homosexuality was decriminalized in 1993, it's still disapproved of by most Russians, with long-held strong conservative views regarding homosexuality very much still ingrained in society.
In 2013, the renowned "gay propaganda law" was signed into law by President Vladimir Putin.
via: Getty ImagesThe Russian government says the purpose of the law is to protect children from being exposed to homosexuality, further amplifying the struggles the Russian LGBTQ+ community faces. All-in-all, it's a horrific example of political homophobia.
The law has also had a detrimental effect on access to education and support services.
via: Getty ImagesThe propaganda law has been used to shut down websites that provide important information and services to teens across Russia and to bar LGBT support groups from working with youth. The impact has naturally also spanned to mental health services, disrupting with professionals' ability to offer "honest, scientifically accurate, and open counseling services."
And, given the existing hostility towards the gay community that existed before the law came in...
via: Getty ImagesIt's hardly surprising that, after it was signed in, violence against LGBTQ+ people in Russia increased, with people feeling like they have to censor themselves for their own safety.
And the violence and threats against the community don't seem to be going anywhere...
via: ReutersJust a matter of weeks ago, a Russian website (which was later shut down) promoted a “game" in which gay people were identified, their photos uploaded, and information leaked, saw people proceed to hunt them down and torture them. Trailblazing LGBTQ+ activist, Yelena Grigorieva, was one of those people who had been identified as a target on the disgusting site. She was found dead having been strangled and stabbed.
It's clear that the Russian LGBTQ+ community is massively at risk.
via: Getty ImagesAnd that being out and open about your sexuality in the region can have deadly consequences, especially for youth.
So, it's pretty obvious that being a part of the LGBTQ+ community in the region is tough.
via: Getty ImagesAnd one unidentified Russian man is now going to the length of suing technology giant, Apple, after he says an app "turned him gay."
It's a pretty bizarre case...
via: Getty ImagesHe has filed a lawsuit in Moscow court against the company for "moral harm," after claiming that a cryptocurrency mixup via a third-party iPhone app has made him gay.
For those who don't know, Crypto-currency is essentially virtual money.
via: Getty ImagesPeople can use the digital cash to secure and verify financial transactions.
The alleged incident occurred this summer.
via: Getty ImagesThe mixup happened when an undisclosed amount of cryptocurrency called "GayCoin" was delivered via an iPhone app, rather than the popular Bitcoin currency he had initially ordered.
The GayCoin cryptocurrency was delivered with a message...
via: Getty ImagesAccording to the complainant, it arrived with a messaged that read: "Don't judge until you try," so that's exactly what he did. "I thought, in truth, how can I judge something without trying? I decided to try same-sex relationships," the complainant wrote.
He now believes that he has been manipulated, by Apple, into a same-sex relationship.
via: Getty ImagesAfter putting the GayCoin message into practice, the man ended up getting a boyfriend. But he says this new chapter of his life has been far from a positive, claiming he will "never become normal again." "Now I have a boyfriend and I do not know how to explain this to my parents... my life has been changed for the worse," he explained.
His lawyer, Sapizhat Gusnieva, insisted the case is "serious," and that the man is "scared."
via: Getty Images"Apple pushed me towards homosexuality through manipulation. The changes have caused me moral and mental harm," the complainant explained.
He is asking for one million rubles ( $15,460) in compensation...
via: Getty ImagesDespite the alleged mixup occurring through a third-party app, the complainant still says that the responsibility lies with Apple to oversee this.
It's a point his lawyer firmly backs up.
via: Getty ImagesGusnieva said the American technology giant "has a responsibility for their programs," regardless of the fact the app was third-party.
The suit was filed on September 20.
via: Getty ImagesAnd, according to The Telegraph, the court will hear the complaint on October 17,
Apple is yet to comment.
via: Getty ImagesBut the technology giant is no stranger to the ongoing suffering of the Russian LGBTQ+ community.
Last year, for example, it was discovered that Apple intentionally disabled the then-new Apple Watch "Pride" watch face for Russian users.
via: Apple InsiderThe digital representation of the notorious gay pride flag was therefore unavailable in the region.
But, as far as the case is concerned, we wouldn't blame the man for being "scared" to be gay, given the region's current situation.
via: Getty ImagesAlthough, the fact that he's blaming Apple for it is a stretch (to say the least), and it's going to take quite a bit of convincing...
So, for now, we wait...
via: Getty ImagesHopefully, we'll see an outcome of the bizarre case later this month. Want more Apple-related news? Keep scrolling to read the remarkable story of a guy who was saved by his Apple Watch.