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Ma Baoli founded Blued, the most popular gay dating app in China. (Nikkei montage/source photos by Cui Nan)
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COCO LIU, Contributing writer | China

HONG KONG -- Growing up homosexual in a small city in southern China, "J.L." used to feel alone in the world. There were no gay bars in his hometown, Sanming, in a mountainous region in Fujian Province. Nor would anyone in his social circle discuss such a topic. Only in 2012, when J.L. came across a smartphone application called Blued, did he realize that there were others -- millions -- like him.

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