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Dot-Gay Hopes to Be Online Force for LGBT Civil Rights

At the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) conference next week in Seoul, South Korea, a group called the Dot Gay Alliance will lobby for the creation of a '.gay' top level internet domain under which self-identified LGBT organizations can park themselves. According to Reuters, the group's plan for the domain is to "provide a reliable and ethical source of funding for LGBT civil rights."

Dotgayalliance The organization explains on its website: "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 US and around the world."

Reuters adds: "Everyone is familiar with generic web addresses (known as top-level domains) ending in .com, .org, .net, .edu and .gov. There will soon be many more when early next year the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will begin accepting applications for new web addresses from cities, companies, organizations and entrepreneurial ventures that want to create their own."

The NY Observer reports on the origin of the efforts: "The group was founded by former Star and Details editor Joe Dolce, who started the media strategy firm, DolceGoldin with former NY1 anchor and MSNBC editorial director Davidson Goldin last year. Supporters of the Dot Gay Alliance are New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, New York State Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell, author Edmund White, attorney Paula Ettelbrick, Executive Director of In The Life Media Michelle Kristel, and the first openly gay member of the Nepal Parliament, Sunil Babu Pant.

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  1. Domains are a huge money making business and while the organizers of DOT gay may be selling it as a force for rights, it is without question a huge money making endeavor. I'm on the fence if we need sites like towleroad.gay ( remember .mobi for mobile sites or .xxx for that other kind of site? ) but certainly, lots of people will buy these and the group will pocket administration fees in the millions.

    Posted by: Scott Gatz | Oct 21, 2009 4:51:56 PM


  2. Aren't they concerned, the same way that porn sites were with the .xxx, about the implicit ghettoization of the Internet that this causes?

    Posted by: A | Oct 21, 2009 4:59:53 PM


  3. I have to agree wholeheartedly with Scott and A. That's equivalent to separate but equal. Don't feel special enough on your own? Get a DOT GAY domain! What IS the need to distinguish? What's next? www.heeb.jew? (Well, knowing their sense of humor at HEEB, sure.) but dot gay? I feel like I've been teabagged.

    "Hi! We're GAY GAY GAY! Oh yeah, and we have some stuff for you to read...and...WE'RE GAY! GAAAAAAAY! GAY!"

    wtfe.

    Posted by: FizziekruntNT | Oct 21, 2009 5:13:43 PM


  4. Who's in charge of how all that money will be spent? Who decides the definition of "gay rights"? I like the concept, but I guess the devil's in the details.

    Posted by: lincolnlounger | Oct 21, 2009 5:16:05 PM


  5. Not for this decision at all. It seems plain stupid to marginalize oneself like this while at the same time surrender complete control to an unknown entity whose motivations are only and purely to make money. If you want to donate to a good cause, then >>donate to a good cause. Not because someone decided to buy a domain name that says the word ".gay" after it.

    It's like in NY, when you see people throw up the rainbow flag around pride just to make more money. As if that means anything. I really hope the glbt community isn't that stupid or gullible.

    Also, being a glbt person doesn't define every single choice we make. With that spirit, neither should all our choices be so narrow minded as well.

    Unadulterated marketing drivel where it isn't necessary.

    Posted by: ED2 | Oct 21, 2009 6:56:01 PM


  6. Brand new "GAY" Domain Names and TLDs have already been released. For the first time, Internet users can create their own set of Domains and TLDs totally free, and without any reference to ICANN.

    ISPs such as Dashworlds.com offer a parallel Internet using new Dashcom (not Dotcom) Domain Names. Dashcoms are brand new web addresses in the format http://gay-com or http://radio-gay or http://civil-rights (Examples Only).

    With users and members in over 90 countries worldwide, resolution is via an APP (although ISP links are now available to negate that need).

    Things change and grow. Not-so-long ago, people would have thought web based magazines to be a waste of time, effort and money. After all why would anyone want to fork out for hugely expensive computers, sign up for extra phone lines, buy modems and routers, buy an OS, learn how to use it all....Just so they could catch up on the news?....Why?....When all they had to do was walk down to the local store or turn on the TV.

    Having just one Internet in infinite cyberspace is like saying you can go visit anywhere in America just as long as you stick to route 66. So today, just as in the USA (and everywhere else in the world) the Internet has more than one road to travel.

    Posted by: Dashworlds | Feb 14, 2011 11:49:21 AM


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