An Android app that supposedly helps parents confirm if their son is gay has been slammed by LGBTI groups.

The ‘Is Your Son Gay?’ app, which costs $2.69 (around R21.00), asks parents 20 questions about their sons that would apparently indicate if they are gay.

The questions include: “Does he like to dress well?”, “Is his best friend a girl?”, “Does he like football?”, “Does he like musical comedies?”, “Does he take a long time to do his hair?” and even “Is he a fan of divas (Madonna, Britney Spears)?”

If the app determines that the son in question is indeed gay, it says: “No need to look the other way! … He is gay! … ACCEPT IT!”

Eliza Byard, executive director of the US-based Gay, Lesbian and Straight Educational Network told CBS New York that “the questions in this app are horrendous stereotypes that would be completely laughable if they weren’t so dangerous”.

She added: “The implication, one, is that there is one way to be if you’re gay and, two, that there’s sort of blame to attach to parents.”

The French creator of the app, however, has dismissed the criticism, saying that it was intended to be a humorous way to help parents accept their gay children.

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