China has seen great changes in attitudes towards homosexuality in the past few decades. Although there’s still a long way to go before they have gain equality with heterosexuals, Chinese gay people who once lived a grim life against legal and social judgements are receiving more acceptance throughout society.

Gay life in China is now both legal and undisguised, in the cities at least. The spread of tolerance has led to more services targeting the gay community; and, driven by this trend, Chinese investors have set their eyes on this fast-emerging market.

As the news of Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly coming out hit the headlines at the beginning of this month, Blued, a social app for male homosexuals in China, announced another US$30 million of Series B funding led by DCM, just eight months after receiving US$1.6 million in Series A funding in February.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.