Dot Gay Alliance

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Type: Privately held
Industry: Registry
Founded: 2009
Founder(s): Joe Dolce
Headquarters: New York
Country: USA
Email: jd[at]
Facebook: Dot-Gay-Alliance
Twitter: TwitterIcon.pngGay Alliance @Dot Gay Alliance
Key People
Joe Dolce, Founder & Executive Director
Paula Ettelbrick, Philanthropic Advisor

Dot Gay Alliance is one of the companies applying to ICANN to become the registry operator of the proposed .gay generic top level domain name (gTLD). Dot Gay Alliance was founded by Joe Dolce, who also serves as Executive Director of the company. If approved by ICANN, Dot Gay Alliance plans to donate 51% of its revenues generated from selling .gay domain names to LGBT civil rights organizations worldwide. The company selected Minds + Machines to provide back-end registry services for the .gay string.[1] [2]


Dot Gay Alliance aims to raise money by operating the .gay gTLD, and to fight for the rights of the members of the LGBT community worldwide. [3]


The Dot Gay Alliance initiative is endorsed by the following prominent individuals:[4]

  • New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn
  • Daniel O'Donnell, Member of New York State Assembly
  • Edmund White, Award-winning author and professor of Creative Writing, Princeton University
  • Paula Ettelbrick, Civil rights lawyer, advocate, and non-profit executive
  • Michelle Kristel, Executive Director of In The Life Media
  • Sunil Babu Pant, the first openly gay member of the Nepal Parliament


Dot Gay Alliance is competing with 3 other applicants, including the community applicant, dotgay LLC, to operate the .gay domain name string. Mr. Dolce has expressed concern over the possibility that a heterosexual-run, for-profit venture will secure the TLD and not serve the greater gay community to the fullest potential.[5]