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US group aims for ‘dot gay’ web domain

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  1. This is great. I’d buy a .gay domain name

  2. .gay is LG
    It is not LGBT

    1. That was the thing that struck me should it not be dot LGBT?? dot Gay would not be something I would see as being useful or helpful to me personally.

      1. scottseitz 13 Jan 2012, 1:09pm

        We at dotgay llc understand and have posted answers to many of these questions on our site http://www.dotgay.com
        The idea will be to create .gay as an umbrella for the larger community. LGBT or GLBT are moving now to include more eg. LGBTQIA so we propose holding for the community domains to create everyone’s space in the .gay domain. For example we will hold for the community
        Lesbian.gay ; peopleofcolor.gay, bi.gay; and trans.gay; along with important sites like pride.gay, communitycenter.gay, rights.gay, history.gay and HIV.gay to name a few. We are inviting people to add other site suggestions too. As the umbrella .gay domain we will provide the safe space for these organizations and more to exist. Safe because at .gay our global partners are helping to set the policy for participation, unlike .com sites we will be able to object to hate speech and more on .gay domains. Check out the website for more!
        set the policy for participation, unlike .com sites we will be a

        1. Hodge Podge 13 Jan 2012, 3:34pm

          I can see arguments arising over “trans.gay”…

  3. It might be useful in the West, but surely it would make it much easier for much of the world to block gay sites for their citizens? Even if the word “gay” did not appear in the title of the site, the domain would be a dead giveaway to filters.

    1. Dr Robin Guthrie 13 Jan 2012, 12:18pm

      I agree. Much easier to censure.

    2. GingerlyColors 13 Jan 2012, 5:16pm

      Like a .xxx or .sex top level domain, .gay or .gay.uk will have users identify specialised websites but as you said it will make it easier for many countries to block them. Gay websites should be able to continue using other domains as long as they do not contain pictures of naked men for example.

    3. Yes, putting all our eggs in one basket may not be a good idea.

  4. Jason Brown 13 Jan 2012, 11:54am

    Sure, make it easier to block and discriminate gay people whilst not even being LGBT inclusive.

    Pointless and kinda dumb.

    1. scottseitz 13 Jan 2012, 1:24pm

      Hi Jason; I get your concern. We are working with several human rights organizations to improve this but this is actually a freedom of speech issue that is being discussed broadly in the internet community as well. Search engines now are pretty tough; they already filter out for LGBT and such. The broader goal of dotgay llc is to produce a safe environment for the community to network on a global basis. we will be inclusive via names we will hold for the community so that these sites can be developed to help. Check out the list on http://www.dotgay.com

  5. Theyve run out of ideas to make money

  6. Dr Robin Guthrie 13 Jan 2012, 12:18pm

    I wonder if the religions will be asking for a .bigots domain suffix.

  7. Mr. Ripley's Asscrack 13 Jan 2012, 12:42pm

    Internet real estate… dumbest contradiction in words. I wouldn’t use the domain and I couldn’t visit them at work as no doubt it would have applications also for internet porn sites making it easier to track and reprimand. This isn’t empowering, it’s just another way to make it difficult for gay people to get to the resources they need anonymously.

  8. This is just a moneymaking scheme for the domain sellers. Firms and organisations will feel pressured to register the equivalent “dot gay” domain just to stop them being cybersquatted. If the experience of dot xxx is anything to go by, it will be a virtual protection racket.

    1. scottseitz 13 Jan 2012, 1:18pm

      Hi Andrew: we are a for profit giving 67% back to the community and will have our financials posted publically on the web. We felt this was an inovative approach, and a healthy one. We are posting and taking questions on our site at http://www.dotgay.com. .gay needs to be for the community and so we have enlisted over 100 of the largest and smallest LGBTIQA organizations in the world to develop policy.

      .XXX was regulated differently as they were approved in 2007, we will allow defensive registration at cost or for free.

  9. Michael Anthony 13 Jan 2012, 2:03pm

    Bad idea! We keep on saying that we are no different than the rest of the human population. So, why in the world would we need a separate domain? Consider this, would we applaud or condemn a domain name such as .straight?
    I also concur that this would probably be a heavily censored domain.

  10. GingerlyColors 13 Jan 2012, 5:18pm

    http://www.pinknews.gay.uk perhaps? (Please don’t click on that link as it will get you nowhere!!!)

  11. Hope some real LGBT people buy them before the Christians buy them and set up fake sites.

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