Saturday, January 11, 2020

Sunrise Period coming for .GAY new gTLD

There's an official update from the ICANN on the .GAY new gTLD application: the Sunrise Period was announced on the ICANN website:

What the application says:
Top Level Design, LLC’s mission is to create a dedicated space in the root zone for those involved in the various aspects of gay culture. We recognize the size and diversity of the individuals identifying as LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer and Questioning) and want to welcome everyone underneath a succinct and widely understood top-level domain. Labels for sexual and gender identities are vast and complex, and it is worth noting that there is merit to implementing .lesbian, .bisexual, .trans, .queer, and .lgbtq, but even then those individuals that don’t fit cleanly into the confines of a single identity category are not represented in these root-level distinctions. There are plenty of people that defy distinct labeling, and identify themselves through fluid notions of gender and sexuality. This is precisely why we at Top Level Design, LLC believe that a .gay TLD could never be delegated through a Community Priority application, especially if it claims to represent the entirety of the LGBTQ community. Just because it is often easiest to try to fit others’ gender and sexual orientations into socially constructed boxes, whether heterosexual or cisgender or LGBTQ, does not mean that the minority who participate in multiple self-definitions at any one time can be ignored, or that we have the right to create labels for them. This must be kept in mind as the ICANN community decides how to proceed with a .gay TLD, especially in the case of a Community Application that proclaims the support of the entire LGBTQ community.
The description/purpose of the .GAY new gTLD is rather long so I'd suggest to complete its reading here (PDF download) and go to "18A. Describe the mission/purpose of your proposed gTLD".

The Sunrise Period:
  • Starts on 10 February 2020;
  • Ends on 31 March 2020.
There are 2 other periods:
  1. Trademark Claims (11 May 2020 - 10 August 2020);
  2. Limited Registration Period also called "Sunrise 2" (6 April 2020 - 6 May 2020).
These dates are announced on the ICANN website but could be modified.

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