Having said that, the dating scene is a bit of a minefield.
While brothels and such like clubs are illegal, they do, like everywhere else they are banned, keep operating.
(I think at this point we can all agree that women are, after all, more complex and advanced creatures than men.) But the triggers are still there, whether it’s an unlock, a match, or a follow.
Public loos are great if you prefer to do your business with no doors and several squatting Chinese grannies staring straight at you. I live in Beijing, a city of over 20 million people, with a history that dates back three millennia.
As in many other Asian countries where homosexuality is outlawed or taboo, Grindr and similar apps have opened up a new digital frontier for gays but also raised concerns about privacy, safety and government clampdowns.
In the past 30 years, many western guys have made the move to China and married lovely ladies from the Middle Kingdom.Grindr had been exploring a sale or fundraising round for much of last year. Gay dating app Grindr has handed majority ownership to Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun World Wide Technology Co.Grindr had been exploring a sale or fundraising round for much of last year. (Paresh Dave)Company founder and Chief Executive Joel Simkhai said the sale would allow Grindr to accelerate the growth of “the largest network for gay men in the world.”That includes users in Afghanistan and Pakistan -- where homosexuality is illegal on the grounds that it’s un-Islamic -- and in China, where not long ago gays and lesbians had so few ways to meet that they formed surreptitious communities around public toilets, parks and bathhouses.Within the quietly thriving gay scene in India’s entertainment and financial capital, one thing appears to be common.“Everybody from the gay community is using Grindr,” Inder Vhatwar, a Mumbai fashion entrepreneur, said of the dating app geared toward gay men.
Despite a national law banning same-sex intercourse, tens of thousands of gay Indians use Grindr for social networking, dating and, yes, sex.English-language schools—not all of them legitimate—continue to mushroom, and while the expat population is primarily formed by English teachers, it also includes IT professionals, entrepreneurs, and guidance counsellors who prep harried Chinese children and their still-more-harried parents for universities abroad.