By Jiawei Liu
China’s seemingly endless number of dating and hookup websites has a new addition, though one with an LGBT twist. Xunta focuses on helping gay men find Mr Right.
“I want to create a social network that was clean, crisp and fresh,” said Sense Luo, the founder of Xunta and ex-Baidu engineer.
According to Tech In Asia:
“Since its soft launch last year, Xunta has nearly 60,000 users around mainland China.”
“Xunta also has a rich mobile app, and an “Offline Card” with a QR code you can give to someone of interest you meet at a public event, and connect with later. Each user gets to print upto 100 cards, and requesting more is a paid service. “
“Xunta’s user base is spreading across Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Japan, but largely with the Chinese diaspora in those countries. Sense expects more will sign up once the English version, which is coming soon, is launched.”
“Xunta’s competitors include Hong Kong-based Hornet and mainland China’s Blued, though Sense says both are very niche in an already niche market.”
LGBT rights in China, while better than in many areas of the ‘developing’ world, are still restrained by ‘traditional’ attitudes which call for gays and lesbians to stay closeted, leading to an estimated 12 million marriages in which at least one partner is homosexual.
In March, a proposal to legalise same sex marriage in China was delivered to the National People’s Congress.