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LGBTQ+ .GAY Domain Name Registration Rules

.GAY Domain Name for LGBTQ+

.GAY TLD is the latest addition to the generic top-level domain name. The goal of .GAY domain is to promote a safe space across the internet for people who identify themselves as gay and for their allies to celebrate and connect. In addition, this new TLD can be used for all websites that represent the LGBTQ+ community regardless of their cause, business type, or any other affiliation.

For every .GAY new domain registration, a 20% revenue will be donated to LGBTQ+ organisations.

So take pride, raise your virtual pride flag, and register your .GAY domain name now!

.GAY Domain Name Registration

For .GAY domain names registrations, you have the option to obtain it for periods of at least one (1) year and a maximum of ten (10) years.

There are no specific requirements to register .GAY domain names.

The .GAY Rights Protections policy discourages owners of a .GAY domain to spread homophobic or anti-LGBTQ content. This includes:

  • Promoting violence against members of the LGBTQ+ community
  • Cyber-bullying, harassing or stalking
  • Hate speech
  • Attempting to organise or incite any of the above

Violation to this policy means the Registry may suspend, place on server hold, revoke, or cancel the registration at its sole discretion. While the Registry is unable to monitor content hosted on .GAY domains in real-time, it will accept and investigate reports or complaints in compliance with this policy.

.GAY Domain Name Renewal

You can renew your domain name manually or you can set up Auto Renewal which is an optional feature available for all domains. The renewal date depends on whether you manually renew your domain name or set it to auto-renew. We will attempt auto-renewal seven days prior the domain name's expiration date. If the renewal attempt fails, we re-attempt the renewal three days before the domain name's expiration date.

If all the renewal attempts fail and you do not manually renew your domain name by the expiration date, it needs to be restored. Please check our guide on How to Recover your Domain Name.

.GAY Domain Name Transfer

.GAY domain names are transferrable. There are two types of domain transfers:

  • Registrant-to-Registrant Transfers, and
  • Registrar-to-Registrar Transfers.

Simply follow our guidelines in transferring your domain name. But before that, you may read our linked guide on how you can prepare your domain for transfer. If all information needed to transfer is ready and available, you may then proceed to transferring a domain name or transferring a domain name ownership.

.GAY Domain Name Privacy

Private domain registration is available for .GAY domain names. This will allow you to protect your identity and private information, which we recommend for all businesses. This option is available during domain registration, domain transfer and within your Account Manager.

.GAY General Questions

Which registry controls .GAY domain names?

Top Level Design, LLC manages the registration of domain names with the .GAY Top Level Domain. You may visit them here: Top Level Design, LLC.

What are the characters and valid character lengths for .GAY domain names?

Domain Names must:

  • Have a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 63 characters;
  • Begin with a letter or a number and end with a letter or a number;
  • Use the English character set and may contain letters (i.e., a-z, A-Z), numbers (i.e. 0-9) and dashes (-) or a combination of these;
  • Neither begin with nor end with a dash;
  • Not contain a dash in the third and fourth positions (e.g. www.ab- -cd.gay); and does not include a space (e.g. www.ab cd.gay).

Who can register .GAY domains?

.GAY domain is available to anyone who wishes to purchase it on a first-come, first-served basis.

Who are the beneficiaries of the 20% donation?

.GAY domain is partnered with CenterLink and GLAAD as their inaugural beneficiaries. Visit this page to learn more about their beneficiaries and priorities for this campaign.

Can I move my .GAY domain name between accounts?

Yes, but when you move the domain name — the registrant's first name, last name, and company name will not change.

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