Entrepreneur, LGBT advocate, founder of gay social app Blued
Geng Le, the founder of Danlan(www.danlan.org) and Blued (www.blued.cn), made up his mind to “Change LGBTQ people’s life with science and technology”. Despite having already come out as gay and facing lots of stigma from society, Geng Le still faces challenges optimistically. In 2000 he created one of the first gay websites in China and in order to devote himself to the community he resigned from his 16 year career as police officer. In 2012, the gay mobile dating application Blued was created by Danlan.org and grew rapidly, gaining over 27 million users worldwide. Blued steadily grew to beat all domestic and international rivals, becoming the No.1 player in the industry. Since April 2013, Blued has already attracted three rounds of investment and currently boasts a valuation of 300 million US dollars. Geng Le actively participates in public welfare, dissemination of AIDS prevention and control information and anti-discrimination. To honor his contribution to HIV/AIDS control, Geng met with then Vice-Premier Li Keqiang on 26th November 2012. In March 2014, he was also invited to meet the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Michel Sidibé. Till now he has helped educate and inform hundreds of thousands of people and participated in hundreds of both national and international programs on the prevention and control of AIDS.