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Eventually, Ma could no longer sustain this elaborate ruse.He left the police force, split from his wife, came out and put his efforts into building Blued, which is now valued at about 0 million US.(Its better-known rival, Grindr, which has about 30 million registered users, was recently taken over by Chinese gaming company Kunlun Tech for almost 0 million.)Blued operates mostly in China and Southeast Asia, but has plans to expand to Mexico and Brazil and eventually to North America and Europe.It's also moving beyond dating to offer adoption services to gay couples and free HIV testing clinics in China.To set up an account, you’ll need to create a one-line ‘heading’ that says something fun about yourself, such as “I like dogs.” You’ll also be asked to list your interests and your motivation for using the app (hookup, friends, love, advice or chitchat).
"I think when things are as difficult as they are now, it is normal when LGBT people feel hopeless, without security."Indeed, Beijing's approach to homosexuality has been ambiguous and sometimes contradictory."The government has its ' Three No's,'" said Xiaogang Wei, the executive director of the LGBT group Beijing Gender.In the past, Blued has raised funding in various rounds in February and November 2014 and later in 2016.The latest round of funding brings the firm’s known total funding amount to 1.6 million; the company was estimated to have a value of where people have used the apps to find gay men and then attack them.From there, the investigation expanded to apps run in 13 provinces across China.As of January 8, over 600 individuals had been arrested and 21 companies shut down in cities including Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Changsha and Wuhan.
It's a strange mix in China."I want to be able to stand up and tell people that there is a guy named Geng Le in China, who is gay, living a very happy life, who even has his own adopted baby," said Ma, referring to the pseudonym he has used since his days writing an underground blog about gay life in the small coastal city of Qinghuangdao. He said he first fell in love with a man while at the police academy in the 1990s. Publicly, he wore a cop's uniform and enforced laws that included a ban on homosexuality (which was outlawed in China until 1997), and was married to a woman.