.LGBT domain names have arrived!
February 23, 2015 11:10 am
Launched last week by global domain registry operator Afilias, .LGBT, the first and only top-level domain (TLD) dedicated to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, is now open for registration. Members of the LGBT community, as well as businesses, organizations and other entities serving that community can now register for their own unique .LGBT domain name.
“The new .LGBT domain provides email and site addresses that instantly convey ‘LGBT-friendly’”, said Roland LaPlante, Chief Marketing Officer of Afilias. “The large and vibrant LGBT community now has an Internet address that embraces the full breadth and diversity of LGBT people around the world in a protected, inclusive manner.”
In order to ensure that the .LGBT space is not misused, names that are abusive, threatening, defamatory or hateful with respect to the LGBT community are explicitly prohibited (e.g., ihate.lgbt, anti.lgbt, etc.) under the terms of the Afilias .LGBT Acceptable Use Policy.
A number of .LGBT pioneers on both sides of the Atlantic already have their .LGBT sites up and running.
#Boom Media is a St. Louis, U.S.-based news, advocacy and community publication serving the LGBT community. Said #Boom publisher Colin Lovett: “Not only does the nomenclature of the .LGBT domain represent the community we serve, but because we provide LGBT-specific content, this top-level domain will drive users searching for this content to our site.”
Added #Boom editor Colin Murphy: “Because our business is a common word with an already taken .COM site, we can now migrate to a domain name that matches exactly what our business is!”
PinkNews is a digital media company based in London and New York covering news of all genres for the LGBT community. Anastasia Kyriacou, PinkNews Partnerships Coordinator, commented: “PinkNews’ approach is to cover news in an intelligent manner. With a strong reader base in the UK, US and globally, we believe it is a natural step to streamline our international news onto the .LGBT domain. PinkNews was founded to report on LGBT issues and nothing reflects that more clearly than having a web address that ends with the letters ‘LGBT.’ We look forward connecting with the global LGBT community on this distinctive web address.”
The Original LGBT Expo is a leading U.S. expo organizer connecting diversity-supportive companies, products, services and organizations to the LGBT community. Said Jay Handy, Executive Director of Life Out Loud Events: “We take pride in always being at the forefront of change in the LGBT consumer world. The launch of the .LGBT domain is one of the biggest recent changes in consumer marketing: businesses and organizations who recognize the power of LGBT customers can now stand out and be easily identified by being on this domain.”
Known as Philly Gay Lawyer, Angela Giampolo is an expert on LGBT legal issues. She has made appearances as a legal analyst for LGBT issues on Fox News, NPR, American News Radio, and several Sirius stations. She also hosts her own radio show called SpeakOUT on Q102 and actively blogs at phillygaylawyer.com. “Philly Gay Lawyer” is the advocacy arm of Angela’s law firm, Giampolo Law Group (GLG), based in Philadelphia. Said Giampolo: “The domain name ‘lawyer.lgbt’ truly reflects my passion for advancing LGBT rights. I have migrated my blog phillygaylawyer.com, which is dedicated solely to LGBT civil rights, to this new .LGBT web address. This shift in branding states clearly who I am and what I stand for – full national equality and acceptance of LGBT rights.”
Out Now is a global LGBT diversity specialist, consulting for organizations around the world on diversity marketing and research initiatives. Ian Johnson, CEO of Out Now commented: “At Out Now we say that ‘LGBT spells people’. We know there is much more to do to make all LGBT people in every country free to enjoy lives of safety and equal respect – but the new .LGBT domain has taken a significant step forward for our communities globally to connect, learn and build more visible and successful lives for people.”
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