Fashion model and "genetic lottery winner" Cameron Russell's TEDTalk presentation was a thought-provoking account of how the fashion world manipulates and manufactures unobtainable -- and ultimately damaging -- images of beauty to women. You see, something similar has been happening to gay men, but with a twist. In our world, it's not just models who are expected to rip off their clothes and expose themselves to the gaze of everyone within eyeshot. It's all of us -- even those of us who are, well, not quite lottery winners.
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Two decades later, the softly spoken year-old now helms Blued, one of the world's largest dating platforms for gay men. Parent company BlueCity's sunlit Beijing campus teems with young and casually dressed programmers who hold meetings in rooms named after Oscar Wilde and other prominent lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer LGBTQ figures from around the world. The office boasts rainbow unicorn mascots, gender-neutral toilets and photos of Mr Ma's meetings with dignitaries, including Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Mr Ma's journey to the apex of China's tech industry began in the early s when he began publishing Danlan. There were few places in China at the time for gay men to socialise, Mr Ma says, adding that "people would write on the walls of public toilets, saying meet here at this and that time". Mr Ma's blog gradually expanded into an influential online forum for LGBTQ people in China to share lifestyle articles, health advice and short stories.
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BlueCity Holdings, the largest LGBTQ platform announced Wednesday it will acquire Finka, a leading gay social networking app in China targeting younger generations for million yuan. It's the second acquisition BlueCity has initiated since the company listed on Nasdaq in July. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions that are expected by mid-December. The company's IPO and further expansion is supported by the booming "pink economy".
Dating is hard. That's just a fact. Dating while queer is often even harder. When you're a guy who's attracted to people of the same gender, there are simply fewer instances in which you can serendipitously meet somebody and experience that romantic spark. Of course, if you're a queer man looking for love, not every town has a gay bar that you can just head to whenever you're in the mood to get your flirt on.