Ma Baoli lost his job and his family when his secret life emerged, but now he runs a dating app with more than 3 million users. The challenge is turning the popular app into a commercial enterprise. By day, he was a police officer in northern China with a wife and a knack for street chases. By night, he led a life as a gay man, furtively running a website for gay people across China at a time when many were viewed as criminals and deviants.
It's a rite of passage that single people love to hate. On top of the classic awkward Hinge date anecdotes and screenshots of a corny bio seeping with secondhand embarrassment, gay singles deal with all sorts of alienating interactions. Still, dating apps have become crucial means of introduction for gay folks looking to settle down. A Stanford study and Pew Research survey found that meeting online has become the most popular way for U.
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