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Pride fails to reverse gay domains decline

Kevin Murphy, July 9, 2024, 11:20:31 (UTC), Domain Registries

There are any number of ways gay people can express themselves during Pride, but buying gay-themed domain names doesn’t appear to be one of them.

Zone files show that the .gay gTLD lost over 700 domains in June, which is recognized in most Anglophone liberal democracies as Pride Month, to end the period with about 21,400 names.

Meanwhile, .lgbt lost about 80 domains over the same period, ending the month with about 3,700 domains in its zone.

The declines were not unique to June. Both gTLDs have been on the slide for a while, with .gay peaking at 29,761 domains last November and .lgbt peaking at about 3,930 in May 2023.

.gay is managed by GoDaddy, .lgbt by Identity Digital.

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