.gay

a new top-level domain

Extension .gay
Applicant Dot Gay Alliance
Website http://www.dotgayalliance.com/
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Applicant

The .Gay Alliance is a gay-led organization dedicated to promoting the acceptance and implementation of the .gay top-level domain (TLD). It is backed by leading gay rights and philanthropic groups, high-profile individuals, and leading business voices.

The .Gay Alliance is led by Founder and Executive Director Joe Dolce. The technical infrastructure is provided by Minds + Machines, the same international group that is working with the Alliance for Climate Protection, the Sierra Club, and Surfrider to lead the .eco top-level domain initiative.

Mission

The .Gay Alliance is a gay-led organization dedicated to promoting the acceptance and implementation of the .gay top-level domain. It is backed by leading gay rights and philanthropic groups, high-profile individuals, and leading business voices.
Since its inception in 1998, the organization that oversees the Internet (ICANN) has been working to open up the top-level domain space. Now, 13 years later, a comprehensive change is planned that will allow a multitude of new extensions, allowing for the creation of .gay — a TLD dedicated to expanding the civil rights of LGBT people in the U.S. and around the world.

Vision

Created by the Dot Gay Alliance, a group of gay and gay-friendly social entrepreneurs, .gay is a new Internet community of self-identified gay businesses, individuals and organizations. But it’s a community that gives back: 51% of all profits earned will be returned to the LGBT community in the form of grants to leading civil rights organizations. That means that everyone who owns a .gay web address automatically contributes to the fight for LGBT equal rights in the U.S. and around the world.


Advantages

  • .gay is community for gay and lesbians, led by gay and lesbians.
  • At least 51% of the profits of .Gay Alliance will go to philanthropic causes that fight for LGBT rights in the U.S. and around the world. This new social entrepreneurial fund raising model will provide significant resources for LGBT causes on a regular annual basis.
  • The .gay top-level domain will provide concentrated Internet real estate for companies to showcase their gay efforts. In a few years, it will be natural for every company that speaks or sells to the GLBT population to have a .gay in addition to their .com or .org addresses.
  • The .gay namespace will open up the possibility of getting a meaningful domain name. This means that the millions of registrants who have been “shut out” of .com by speculative domain holders who have quite literally bought every .com name in the dictionary will have a new alternative. Instead of paying thousands of dollars in the secondary market for a reasonable .com address, users will be able to find the same name in the .gay namespace at a fraction of the cost.

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