A simple app has given homosexual men in China a reason to be happy and a chance to find true love. Blued is an app that helps gay men breath out of the tabu bubble Chinese society is keeping them as it allows them to meet other gay men, set dates or hang out with gay groups.
The law in China doesn’t prohibit homosexuality, but Chinese people still consider it a tabu subject and homosexuals don’t expose themselves so freely.
Gay men in China, consider the dating app as a gift sent from heaven, as they can find dates, have a normal love life and contact and meet same sex partners.
Hua, a university student, from city of Guangzhou, said that the app has been more than helpful, and helped him to find nine gay friends, who understand him. He said that his heterosexual friends aren’t so opened minded and he never felt comfortable talking to them about his sexual orientation.
The app, called Blued, is the invention of Ma Baoli, a 36 years old, former policeman who left his job to be a match maker for homosexuals in China. The Chinese app is free of charge and once users have an account it uses the GPS system to identify nearby gay men who also have the app installed. Users can check out profiles, start private chats with potential dates, or just hang out in a chatroom with a group.
Blued turned out to be a success and has gather 15 milion users in 2 years. Ma’s purpose is to expand, as his company raised $30 million from a venture capital firm in the United States. Next step would be to list on Nasdaq.
Blued hasn’t help gay men in China only in the love field but also by improving their self confidence and get more courage in fighting general prejudice that force gay man keep their social anonymity.
One of Ma’s efforts has been to educate the system on promoting safe sex among homosexuals in China, and has found a government willing to support him.
App users can go and take free HIV tests, at the headquarters of Ma’s firm form Beijing. The staff is made out of over 50 gay members, in this way gay men coming for test can feel more comfortable and less embarrassed.
An icon pointed out with a red ribbon in the app, offers users information about protection and AIDS. According to the World Health Organisation, gay men have the greatest risk of catching the deadly virus.
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