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New Android App purports to help parents wondering: ‘Is My Son Gay?’

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

SEATTLE — There’s a new app available in the Android marketplace that’s likely to amuse some, and annoy others — “Is My Son Gay?”

According to the app’s webpage, “After this test you’ll have the proven answer to a question you might have since maybe a long time.”

The app consists of 20 questions “to know more about your son.”

MSNBC’s Technology and Science Editor Athima Chansanchai writes in her MSNBC Gadgetbox review:

The only sample questions we saw on that page were these:

Does he like to dress well: is he very careful when choosing his outfits and selecting brands?

Does he like football?

Now, I don’t know about you, but a Yes followed by another Yes describes a lot of men I know, including my brother. My recently married brother.

Curious, Chansanchai said she paid the $2.69 fee and was presented with this list of questions:

Other questions — typos and all — included:

  • Before he was born, did you wish for a girl?
  • Has he ever been in a fight?
  • Does he read the sports page in the newspaper?
  • Is his best friend a girl?
  • Does he like team sports?
  • Is he modest?
  • Is he a fan of divas (Madonna, Britney Spears)?
  • Does he spend a long time in the bathroom?
  • Does he piercings in his tongue, nose or ears?
  • Do you wonder about your son’s sexual orientation?
  • Are you divorced?
  • Does he like musical comedies?
  • Has he ever introduced you to a girlfriend?
  • Is his father a very authoritarian person?
  • Within your family, is the father absent at all?
  • During his childhood, was he timid or discreet?
  • Does he have a complicated relationship with his father?
  • Does he take a long time to do his hair?

Chansanchai attempted to contact the developer but received no reply. You can read her full article here.

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26 more reader comments:

  1. The parents who buy this nonsense are probably about as stupid as the GOP. /:

    Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 10:48am
  2. Ok, this is pathetic!

    Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 10:50am
  3. $2.69 to only perpetuate the stereotypes that most of the community is fighting off. An app can’t tell you if your child is gay. Only the child can. To even hear that some people have even bought this app just disgust me. If your child is gay, he/she will tell you.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 10:51am
  4. Wow…..talk about stereotyping!

    Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 10:52am
  5. Actually, anyone who actually buys this nonsense is probably affiliated with the GOP (;

    Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 10:53am
  6. This is dumb :

    Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 10:55am
  7. Omg really half of the ?’s I seen have straight ppl written all ovr it!
    so ugh STUPID

    Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 11:03am
  8. I went to my application store (as I have android phone) and reported that application as “implies discrimination”

    Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 11:12am
  9. Good for you Janice! I plan to do the same right now

    Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 11:43am
  10. Me too! This is crazy. Here is a thought, why don’t these people have an open minded and non-judgmental conversation with their kids. All this app will accomplish is the perpetuation of stereotypes.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 11:53am
  11. I just did it like 10 times imma make sure no one has to go thru discrimination and stereotyping

    Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 12:07pm
  12. Oh bullshit

    Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 12:18pm
  13. Anyone know if there’s a version of this on the internet? I want to take it for shits and giggles, and to see if it thinks I’m gay or not.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 1:05pm
  14. these questions would describe most young people these days. there is such a blur when it comes to young men in how they dress and act and interests, what a piece of garbage this app is.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 1:30pm
  15. Total crap, and I wish I could do the same as Janice

    Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 2:38pm
  16. buy this app? proof that a fool and his money r soon parted

    Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 2:47pm
  17. Question one: does he watch gay porn?

    Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 3:02pm
  18. There is no way to know

    Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 3:02pm
  19. There should be another app titled ‘Who Cares?’ or ‘Accept the Sexual Orientation of Your Child’.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 5:21pm
  20. omg im loling

    Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 5:22pm
  21. As I posted elsewhere, a better title for this test would be, “Does my Son have Good Taste?”

    Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 5:28pm
  22. Does it even fucking matter whether or not your child is gay? No it doesn’t. It’s your JOB as a parent to love AND support them, not try talking them into thinking it might be all in their head or something stupid. That App needs to be removed, it’s got the smell (smelly smell) of Bigotry on it. They need deodorant.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 5:54pm
  23. Someone please use this app on Gov. Chris Christie.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 6:22pm
  24. I would probably be more upset with an app to degay

    Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 6:24pm
  25. i agree with margot. it doesnt necessarily say that if they are gay that its a bad thing right? i mean, if i used this on my brother it would totally say he was gay. but i think his girlfriend would disagree. lol. its just a silly app to me. not really caring that much.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 6:34pm
  26. What ever happened to just sitting down with your children an being honest with them and then asking then if they are or not and reassuring them that if they are, it is ok, that you still love them and support them?

    Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 8:01pm