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In Celebration of Marriage Equality Each New .LGBT Name Donates $20 to the It Gets Better Project

.LGBT (dotLGBT) domain registry operator Afilias announced the launch of the .LGBT Pride Program in celebration of two recent victories for LGBT equality: the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling regarding the right to marriage equality in the US, and Ireland’s legalization of same-sex civil marriage. From today through October 11, 2015—National Coming Out Day—every new .LGBT web address registered will trigger a US$20 donation from Afilias to the It Gets Better Project.

.LGBT is the new and the only top level domain (TLD) designed to serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. In the few short months since its launch, over one thousand community members, LGBT-focused businesses, and LGBT-welcoming organizations have already registered their web addresses in this dedicated domain. To celebrate and give back to the community, .LGBT is launching the Pride Program in partnership with the It Gets Better Project. The Pride Program contributes $20 from each new .LGBT registration to the It Gets Better Project.

The It Gets Better Project is one of the most influential voices in the global LGBT community. It helps LGBT young people who are struggling with issues surrounding their sexual orientation and/or gender identity get through their adolescent years by showing them it gets better and helping facilitate the changes to make it better! Since their inception, more than 60,000 user-generated, hope-inspiring videos have been submitted to the Project which have collectively generated over 60 million views!

“The new .LGBT Internet address has been about inclusion from the start. And with great news about marriage inclusion and equality on both sides of the Atlantic, now is the time to celebrate,” said Roland LaPlante, Chief Marketing Officer of Afilias. “During our Pride Program celebration, we are dedicating a portion of .LGBT sales revenue to the It Gets Better Project, a community initiative that has helped so many LGBT teens navigate the difficult time of adolescence.”

“We are proud to partner with the .LGBT team during this historic period,” said Brett Peters, Director of Communications of the It Gets Better Project. “The success of the .LGBT web address is further evidence that global support for the LGBT community—and LGBT youth—comes in all forms. We encourage all our friends and supporters to get their own .LGBT address during the Pride Program, as each registration generates a donation to the It Gets Better Project.”

The .LGBT domain has an acceptable-use policy that provides protections from possible misuse of this dedicated web space. For details of the .LGBT Pride Program, please visit: www.ItGetsBetter.lgbt

By Afilias, Global Provider of Internet Infrastructure Service

Afilias is the world’s second largest domain registry, with more than 20 million names under management. Afilias powers a greater variety of top-level domains than any other provider, and will soon support hundreds of new TLDs now preparing for launch. Afilias’ specialized technology makes Internet addresses more accessible and useful through a wide range of applications, including Internet domain registry services, Managed DNS and mobile Web services like goMobi® and DeviceAtlas®.

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