Top 5 Chinese LGBT apps in 2017

Top 5 Chinese LGBT apps in 2017

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Believe it or not, China has a vibrant LGBT app scene where a number of dating apps are serving hookup apps for married the estimated tens of millions of people in the LGBT community in China. Even though the authorities have released regulations in 2016 to ban portrayal of homosexual relationships on television dramas and web series (in Chinese), the LGBT dating app sector has been burgeoning nonetheless.


Born out of LGBT NGO Danlan, Blued was launched in 2012 and has since pocketed six rounds of financing with the latest C++ round from the investment arm of The Beijing News, a state-backed newspaper group.

Blued boasts over 27 million registered users, about 20% of which are overseas users, according to its official website. The China-born app is ambitiously eyeing overseas market in particular. It has opened offices in Europe and Southeast Asia, covering over 190 countries and regions, and is available in 11 languages. In , Blued even made a strategic investment with US dating app Hornet in an attempt to make forays into North American and Latin American markets. As a part of the deal, Blued invested an undisclosed sum as an extension of the $8 million Series A Hornet announced in .

On the other hand, Blued has made profits thanks to the thriving live streaming feature and its mobile ing sector in 2016, Blued ranked the 13th among all the Chinese apps (of all verticals) which had live streaming features, according to a Cheetah Global Lab’s report released earlier this year.

However, there’s one thing that the app needs to be more mindful for the live streaming feature: Zank, Blued’s past rival, got closed down (in Chinese) by the authorities in ing and has yet to re-open.


LESDO (?Do) is arguably the largest lesbian dating app in China, boasting 1.5 million users. Founded by a team of gay women, the startup launched in 2012, and the app came out in 2013.

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