GLOBE NEWSWIRE - Jan 19 - Baoli Ma, founder, chairman and CEO of BlueCity, a world-leading LGBTQ community platform, has become the first person from the Chinese mainland recognized on the 'OUTstanding 100 LGBT+ Executives List' from INvolve, a global network and consultancy championing diversity and inclusion in business. First launched in 2013 and supported by Yahoo! Finance, INvolve's OUTstanding Role Model Lists "showcase and celebrate the global business leaders who are driving change in the workplace and inspiring the next generation of diverse talent." 43-year-old Ma was formerly a closeted policeman known online only by the alias "Geng Le," who founded one of China's first and most influential LGBTQ online forums, Danlan, the predecessor of BlueCity back in 2000. After coming out in 2011, he resigned from the police force and wholly dedicated himself to raising awareness for the LGBTQ community, founding BlueCity in the same year along with the launch of mobile app Blued in 2012. Blued now connects ~58M people worldwide with nearly half of them outside China.