Monday, April 14, 2014

Bringing (dot).GAY to the Internet


ICANN, the governing body of the Internet, is preparing to introduce hundreds of new top-level domains (TLDs) like .COM and .ORG. Since 2009, dotgay LLC , an NGLCCNY active member, has been advocating for a community model to the operation of .GAY when it arrives, consisting of community governance that allows for a focus on community interest, while developing value and benefit for registrants and end users. The mission for the .GAY community model is to address needs in areas of safety, visibility and support for LGBTQIA+ people. dotgay’s commitment to ICANN and the community is that 67% of profits from domain names sales will go back to the community through a dotgay foundation.

Pictured from left to right: Scott Seitz, CEO & President; Avri Doria, VP of Policy Governance and Jamie Baxter,  VP of Marketing


The operational model proposed by dotgay includes a key community governance component that will consist of representation from all segments in the community and all regions of the world. The community model will also include a registration policy that limits .GAY names to members of the larger LGBTQIA community, making it hard for domain grabbers to capture key community names, as well as a grandfathering period that protects the existing domain names community members are currently using.


As in all community advocacy matters, it is the unified voice of the community that has the greatest impact. Providing ICANN with comments supporting the dotgay application is crucial to community success of the .gay TLD. To learn more about dotgay or to lend your voice email, Jamie Baxter, VP of Marketing.

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