Queer Rights and Domain Names

Why?

The rights of SGL/LGBT/Queer/MOGAI+ people are at the utmost importance for me so, specifically for the purchase of domain names, I make sure that before buying or registering any country code top-level or second-level domain, to check the state of queer rights in the nation the domain name extension represents.  I do this because with every website I create, I am bound to talk about my experiences as a gay man because it is intrinsically connected to my personhood.

The following is a list of the country code top-level domains and country code second-level domains that I own:

  • ArtBy.cf
  • CFB.li
  • CftxP.co
  • ChrisFornesa.nom.za
  • ChrisFornesa.us
  • CSF.li
  • Fornesa.co
  • Woke.cf
  • Woke.us

Background Info

Here is some background information about the state of queer rights in the nations from which I have bought a ccTLD or ccSLD. However, I will only list the positive qualities on this page because, of course, there is plenty of work to do towards the state of queer rights in every nation on this planet.

Central African Republic (dot.cf)

Domain names owned:

  • ArtBy.cf
  • HeIs.cf
  • Woke.cf

Details:

  • Same-sexual activity is legal and a current law banning this practice is no longer enforced.
  • This nation is a signatory (in favor) of the United Nation’s Human Rights Council’s 2011 Resolution on LGBT rights.

Colombia (go.co)

Domain names owned:

  • CftxP.co
  • Fornesa.co

Details:

  • Same-sexual activity is legal.
  • This nation is a signatory (in favor) of the United Nation’s Human Rights Council’s 2011 Resolution on LGBT rights.
  • All people are protected from discrimination of any kind in terms of sexual orientation.
  • Gender-neutral marriage equality has been the law of the land since 2016.
  • Gender identity/alignment is officially based on self-identification with no requirement for a physical or psychiatric evaluation.
  • All LGBT individuals can serve openly in the military.

Liechtenstein (SWITCH)

Domain names owned:

  • CFB.li
  • CSF.li

Details:

  • Same-sexual activity is legal.
  • Registered partnerships have been legal since 2011.

South Africa (ZADNA)

Domain names owned:

  • ChrisFornesa.nom.za

Details:

  • Same-sexual activity is legal.
  • This nation is a signatory (in favor) of the United Nation’s Human Rights Council’s 2011 Resolution on LGBT rights.
  • Gender-neutral marital and joint and step-child adoption rights have been in place since 2006 and 2002 respectively.
  • Anti-discrimination laws have applied in employment since 1995 and in all other areas since 1997 on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Gays can serve openly in the military.
  • Hormone replacement therapy (but not sex-reassignment surgery) is required for a legal gender change.

United States of America (nic.us)

Domain names owned:

  • ChrisFornesa.us
  • Woke.us

Details:

  • Same-sexual activity is legal current laws (in certain states) banning this practice are no longer enforceable and were deemed unconstitutional in Lawrence vs. Texas.
  • This nation is an initiative signatory (in favor) of the United Nation’s Human Rights Council’s 2011 Resolution on LGBT rights.
  • In 20 states, 2 U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, anti-discrimination laws exist on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity while in 2 states, anti-discrimination laws exist based on gender identity only.
  • In all states and territories, with the exception of American Samoa, gender-neutral marital rights, joint adoption, and step-child adoption are the law of the land since 2015.  (due to Obergefell v. Hodges)
  • The state of Oregon legalized the identification of non-binary people while discrimination against gay, non-binary, and/or trans* people are technically protected under the Civil Rights Act of 1965 as sex discrimination.
  • Gender identity/alignment is a complicated issue in the U.S.  18 states, the District of Columbia, and 1 U.S. territory allows self-identification as the basis for gender while 28 states and 2 U.S. territories require sex-reassignment surgery for a legal gender change.  Unfortunately in 4 states and 2 territories, no legal gender change is accessible.
  • All LGBT individuals can serve openly in the military.