A landmark proposal to create a .gay domain space on the Internet
If approved, .gay would exist as a so-called “Top-Level Domain” (TLD), the most well-known example of which is .com, and individuals, businesses and organizations would be able to register domain names ending in .gay. In addition to .gay, the governing body of Internet domain space, ICANN, considering TLD proposals for .sports, .shop and more.
The dotgay® LLC Mission
Safety, Visibility and Support
Committed to a community mandate in developing the .gay domain space, the mission of the .gay TLD is to create an environment on the Internet that addresses important and primary needs of the gay community.
.gay can serve as a common platform for enhancing the resources of the LGBT community.
Our business model calls for non-profit LGBT client organizations to receive 67% of the profit generated from the sale of .gay domain names. The funds would be channeled through a tax-exempt foundation operated separately from dotgay LLC. Decisions about how to distribute funding would be in the hands of an independent board of directors.
Why "gay" and not an acronym such as LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer)
The simple answer is that we need a word that encompasses the entire community, and “gay” makes the most sense. Like it or not, the word has become an umbrella term, a universally adopted colloquialism signifying a community as a whole.
The Concept of .gay Community Domains
Key to dotgay®‘s proposal is recognizing from the outset that some .gay domains are, in effect, community property and should be administered accordingly. The idea is to safeguard .gay domain names based on important generic keywords and develop them as conduits for accessing relevant organizations and businesses worldwide.
About dotgay® LLC
dotgay® LLC is the originator of a landmark proposal to create a .gay domain space on the Internet.
Formed to garner support for a .gay TLD and advance a mandate for delivering tangible financial and strategic benefits for the LGBT community. dotgay®‘s proposal is based on 1) channeling 67% of the profits from the sale of .gay domain names to nonprofit LGBT client organizations, and 2) safeguarding key community domains.
dotgay® LLC has received the support of more than 190+ LGBT international organizations.
As the only community-based applicant for the .gay domain, dotgay® LLC has enlisted the input of the global gay community to develop the mission for .gay, including the participation of community leaders and LGBT organizations and associations around the globe.
By working together, we become stronger.
Run for the mutual benefit of LGBT constituents—the service and non-profit community, business community, advertisers and media, plus a diverse range of individuals and emerging community groups—.gay can become an empowering space that recognizes and celebrates diversity, while also serving as a rallying point for an entire community.
Domain names ending in .GAY will soon be available.
QUICK. EASY. FREE.
With the launch of .GAY just around the corner, dotgay® LLC — the only LGBT-rooted applicant seeking approval to administer the new Internet domain space — wants to ensure that community organizations and businesses are not subject to a “Wild West” exploitation when .GAY becomes a reality.
As a preliminary step in introducing a registration process that not only ensures full disclosure and transparency, but also protects those in our community who have built equity in existing domains like .COM and .ORG, dotgay® LLC has launched an online mechanism for .GAY name protection referred to as an Expression of Interest (EOI). It is now ready for the community.Protect your domains now!
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