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Creator of Asia’s ‘LGBTI Netflix’ wins award

Creator of Asia’s ‘LGBTI Netflix’ wins award

Jay Lin at Taipei LGBT Pride Parade (Photo: Provided)

Taiwan LGBTI activist and founder of online LGBTI web streaming service, GagOOLala was included in Newsweek’s Creative Class of 2019.

The weekly American magazine named Jay Lin as one of the world’s top 15 innovators.

Newsweek recognized individuals who have contributed new solutions to the fields of technology, economics, and human rights.

‘This is a huge confirmation for what we are working on’ Lin told Gay Star News.

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

‘I think we are recognized for the way that we are’, he said. ‘Utilizing the powers of storytelling and internet to make cultural, political and societal process, especially on LGBTI rights.’

Lin is in for a busy 2019. GagaOOLala is launching a crowdsourcing platform to fund LGBTI film projects all over the world.

He also plans to take the service global later this year. Lin is also a founder of Taiwan’s LGBTI film festival.

Best place to be LGBTI in Asia?

Many people describe Taiwan as the best place to be LGBTI in Asia. It hosts the region’s largest LGBTI pride parade.

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

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

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.

Advocates, therefore, denounced the move as failing to bring genuine equality.