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  A chronological view of the journey towards a community .GAY

In support of our ongoing mission to maintain complete transparency with the gay community, dotgay® LLC has provided our responses to the new gTLD application questions here on our website. This includes all responses made public by ICANN. The chart at the bottom of this page provides a quick synopsis of all applicants for .gay.

To offer further transparency, below is the chronological listing of correspondences, articles and decisions involving dotgay LLC.

    November 2016

Letter from dotgay LLC to ICANN (Highlights from the Council of Europe Report on Community-Based New gTLDs)

Report from the Council of Europe (Issues report on the Community-Based New gTLDs)

    October 2016

Expert Report from Prof. M. V. Lee Badgett of U Mass-Amherst & the Williams Institute (Expert Opinion in support of dotgay’s Community Application)

Letter from Non-Community opponents of dotgay LLC to ICANN

    September 2016

Expert Report from Prof. William N. Eskridge, Jr. of Yale Law School (Expert Opinion in support of dotgay’s Community Application)

Letter from dotgay LLC to ICANN (Response to Non-Community opponent’s letter)

    August 2016

Article published on Advocate.com (The Battle Over .GAY)

Letter from LGBT Netroot Connect (USA) to ICANN Board

Letter from Non-Community opponents of dotgay LLC to ICANN

Letter from Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion to ICANN Board

Letter from International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans & Intersex Assoc. (ILGA) to ICANN Board

    July 2016

ICANN Ombudsman report recommending ICANN Board grant community priority to .GAY

    June 2016

Recommendation of the Board Governance Committee (BGC) on RR 16-13

Letter from dotgay LLC to ICANN

    March 2016

Written summary of statement from ILGA Executive Director Renato Sabbadini

Written summary of dotgay LLC presentation

Presentation to ICANN’s Board Governance Committee

Letter from Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to ICANN regarding letter verification

Letter from Trans-Fuzja Foundation (Poland) to ICANN

    February 2016

Letter from Transgender Equality Uganda (Uganda) to ICANN

Letter from Jay Boucher of JBaxterDC Web Solutions (USA) to ICANN

Reconsideration Request 16-13 filed by dotgay LLC

Determination of the BGC on Reconsideration Request 15-21

    January 2016

Letter from dotgay LLC to ICANN

Letter from UN-GLOBE (USA) to ICANN

    December 2015

Reconsideration Request 15-21 filed by dotgay LLC

Letter from dotgay LLC to ICANN

    October 2015

Governmental Advisory Committee Communique (GAC) from Dublin

Community Priority Re-Evaluation Report issued by the Economist Intelligence Unit

    September 2015

Endorsement from True Colors Fund (USA) submitted to ICANN

    August 2015

Endorsement from LGBTI Centre of Strasbourg/Alsace & Council of Europe’s LGBT Network “Equality in Diversity” (France) submitted to ICANN

    July 2015

Letter of Opposition from Q Center (USA) re-submitted to ICANN

    June 2015

Endorsement from FriendlyMap (Uruguay) submitted to ICANN

Endorsement from the Mexican Federation of LGBT (FME-LGBT) submitted to ICANN

Endorsement from ViaG Magazine (Brazil) submitted to ICANN

    May 2015

Endorsement from Amazin LeThi Foundation (USA/Vietnam) submitted to ICANN

    April 2015

Retraction of Opposition Letter from Q Center submitted to ICANN

    February 2015

Endorsement from Cámara de Comercio GLBT Peruana / Peruvian GLBT Chamber of Commerce (CCGLPE) submitted to ICANN

Letter from PhDr. Petr Prokopik, Ph.D (Faculty of Humanities, Charles University of Prague) submitted to ICANN and EIU, co-signed by Aibai Culture & Education Center (China) and Global Alliance for LGBT Education (The Netherlands)

Letter from Parents and Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG) South Africa submitted to ICANN and EIU

Letter from dotgay LLC submitted to ICANN and EIU (Clarifications For CPE Panel)

Letter from dotgay LLC submitted to ICANN and EIU (Expert Opinion on Gay Community and .GAY)

Letter from dotgay LLC submitted to ICANN and EIU (Contention Set Recognition of Nexus Between GAY and LGBTQIA)

Letter from dotgay LLC submitted to ICANN and EIU (Comments for CPE Panel – Criteria #4)

Letter from dotgay LLC submitted to ICANN and EIU (Update on Expressed Opposition to dotgay LLC Application)

Letter from Top Level Design, United TLD Holdco & TLDH (dotgay’s competitors for .GAY) to BGC objecting to the new CPE granted to dotgay LLC

Letter from Anne Stockwell to ICANN and EIU (Concerns Regarding Nexus)

Letter from ifreedom Uganda Network to ICANN and EIU (CPE Scoring for .GAY)

    January 2015

Letter from KwaZulu-Natal Gay & Lesbian Tourism Association (South Africa) submitted to ICANN and EIU (Reconsideration Request 14-44)

Letter from Gay Business Association (UK) to ICANN and EIU (Reconsideration Request 14-44)

Letter from Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (South Africa) to ICANN and EIU (Reconsideration Request 14-44)

Letter from COC (The Netherlands) to ICANN and EIU (Reconsideration Request 14-44)

    December 2014

Letter from International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association to ICANN and EIU (Reconsideration Request 14-44)

Letter from David Gudelunas, PhD (Associate Professor of Communication and Chair, Department of Communication Co-Director of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Fairfield University) to ICANN and EIU (Reconsideration Request 14-44)

Letter from Federation of Gay Games to ICANN and EIU (Reconsideration Request 14-44), co-signed by 80 additional LGBTQIA organizations & businesses

Letter from National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (USA) to ICANN and EIU (Reconsideration Request 14-44), co-signed by Argentina Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Colombian LGBT Chamber of Commerce and Mexican Federation of LGBT Entrepreneurs

Letter from ILGA to ICANN and EIU (Reconsideration Request 14-44)

    October 2014

Community Priority Evaluation Report issued by the Economist Intelligence Unit

Report from the Council of Europe (ICANN’s procedures and policies in the light of human rights, fundamental freedoms and democratic values)

    May 2014

Endorsement from Chambre de commerce gaie du Québec (CCGQ – Québec Gay Chamber of Commerce) submitted to ICANN

Endorsement from Log Cabin Republicans (USA) to ICANN

Updated Endorsements from ILGA, CenterLink, IGLTA, NGLCCNY and InterPride submitted to ICANN

Endorsements from 60 more LGBTQIA organizations submitted to ICANN

Letter from dotgay LLC to ICANN (Supporting Evidence of Criteria 1 & 2)

Letter from dotgay LLC to ICANN (Shared Concerns of the Gay Community)

Letter from dotgay LLC to ICANN (Background on Community gTLDs)

    April 2014

Letter from David Gudelunas, PhD (Associate Professor of Communication and Chair, Department of Communication Co-Director of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Fairfield University) (Media Research on GAY)

    March 2014

Decision from the NGPC denying Reconsideration Request 13-13

    February 2014

Letter from GOProud’s Matthew Bechstein sent to ICANN requesting any Community Objection bearing GOProud’s name be dropped, as the organization’s name was being used by Christopher Barron without authority

    January 2014

Letter from Community TLD Applicant Group submitted to ICANN (Anti-Competitive Behavior by Standard Applicants)

Letter of Opposition from Q Center to ICANN

    December 2013

Determination from BGC on Reconsideration Request 13-13

    November 2013

Letter from Top Level Design to ICANN (CPE Analysis of .GAY)

    October 2013

Endorsements from more than 50 LGBTQIA organizations submitted to ICANN

Blog Post by Christopher Barron (using GOProud’s name without authorization)

Reconsideration Request (13-13) filed by Christopher Barron when his Community Objection against dotgay LLC was rejected because of rule violations

    September 2013

Letter from CTAG to ICANN (Communications Condemning Community Applicants)

Response from ICANN to CTAG letter of August 8

Community Objection against dotgay LLC dismissed (Metroplex Rebublicans of Dallas lacked standing and dismissed on the merits)

    August 2013

Letter from CTAG to ICANN (Durban meeting followup)

Email from dotgay LLC in response to the ICC International Centre for Expertise request to comment to Christopher Barron’s request

    July 2013

Letter from CTAG to ICANN (Support of Community TLDs)

Email from Christopher Barron to the ICC International Centre for Expertise requesting his Community Objection be reinstated

    June 2013

Response from ICANN to CTAG letter of June 7

Letter from CTAG to ICANN (Community Priority Evaluations)

    May 2013

Ombudsman Report on late Community Objection from Christopher Barron

Objection Response from dotgay LLC to Community Objection from Metroplex Republicans of Dallas (not a public document)

Email sent by Christopher Barron to ICANN Ombudsman & others complaining his Community Objection was improperly dismissed

Initial Evaluation Results published by ICANN

    April 2013

Letter from CTAG to ICANN (GAC Advice from Beijing Communique)

GAC Communique from Beijing (Advice on Communities)

Community Objection against dotgay LLC filed by Rob Schlein, representing Metroplex Republicans of Dallas (not a public document)

Community Objection against dotgay LLC filed by Christopher Barren, representing GOProud (not a public document)

    February 2013

Public Interest Commitments (PICS) submitted by dotgay LLC

    May 2012

Community Application for .GAY submitted by dotgay LLC to ICANN, which included 128 endorsement letters from organizations and businesses

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ILGA World Thank you for your service and your advocacy Professor.
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Support 'Help Efforts To Ensure .GAY Is Community-Operated' by donating or sharing today!
www.icann.org A request has been sent to ICANN seeking an explanation as to why research materials requested 9 months ago have still not been turned over to the CPE investigators. There have been enough delays in getting to a resolution and this must not continue to be one of the reasons.
https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/ali-to-crocker-08aug17-en.pdf
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