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Asia’s first LGBT streaming service looks to expand into India

Asia’s first LGBT streaming service looks to expand into India

Jay Lin (in blue shirt) with LGBTI activists and filmmakers from India (Photo: Facebook)

Online streaming service GagaOOLala, often called ‘Asia’s LGBTI Netflix, is expanding into India.

Taiwan LGBTI activist and founder of GagaOOLala, Jay Lin, said time was right for the move.

He said India’s landmark decriminalization of gay sex last year prompted the move. He also cited improved mobile telephone networks.

Asia’s first LGBTI content streaming service now has close to 1,000 titles and reaches audiences across Southeast Asia.

By expanding into India and South Asia, GagaOOLala could potentially reach a quarter of the world’s population.

‘The population is even bigger than Southeast Asia, and we hope that we can introduce a lot of exciting LGBT content, especially from Asia, to the rest of the world’ he told Gay Star News.

Queer Asia

GagaOOLala worked with local Asian filmmakers to launch its docu-series, Queer Asia, last year.

So far, the series has told stories from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Japan and Vietnam.

In the Hong Kong episodes, director Cheuk Wan-chi met a number of Hong Kong’s LGBTI icons. It featured the last interview with LGBTI pop star Ellen Joyce Loo before she passed away.

Lin said he wanted to take Queer Asia to India and tell the stories of LGBTI people there.

He plans to work with local organizations, such as the Kashish Mubai Queer Film Festival, to produce content that appeals to local audiences.

Earlier this month, Lin was included in Newsweek’s Creative Class of 2019.

Lin is part of the Taiwan Equal Marriage which last year campaigned in a bitter referendum battle on marriage equality.

It is expected to be the first place in Asia for equal marriage. But, it has been a bumpy road.

In a massive defeat to LGBTI Taiwanese, voters opted to implement a separate law to legalize same-sex marriage rather than change the country’s civil code.