The Gay Archipelago
The Gay Archipelago is an international continent of more than 80 sims which share traffic, conduct archipelago-wide events, and welcome LGBT newcomers to Second Life. The Gay Archipelago includes a variety of content, including business, shopping, entertainment, role playing, and services for the gay Second Life community. Linden Labs recently gave the Gay Archipelago its own region allowing it to expand but remain focused on and for the gay community.
The Gay Archipelago was founded by Fabrice Snooks as a place to meet, welcome and help LGBT people as well as to support the talents of its owners, residents and merchants.
The purpose of the Gay Archipelago is to provide a region where like minded individuals can live and shop and find services geared to their lifestyle. It helps owners and residents of sims to promote their businesses and events. It coordinates region-wide activities and events, promoting them to all of SL. It works to provide an orderly expansion of the region. It acts as one of the spokespersons for all gay people in Second Life. It provides a center for information not only for the Gay Archipelago itself but for all of gay SL. It aspires to be the first stop for gay people entering Second Life – a place of welcome, orientation and help.
What the Gay Archipelago is not
The Gay Archipelago
• is not intended to be the exclusive place for gay-oriented sims and activities. • recognizes the advantage of, indeed the necessity for gay people to live in and move through all of Second Life. • does not hold itself to be the exclusive representative of gays in SL. • is not profit driven. The Gay Archipelago committee is voluntary and there are no fees required from anyone living and working within the Gay Archipelago.
Fabrice Snook launched Pandore, the first sim in the Gay Archipelago, in May, 2007, as a friendly gay village (today it is a shopping sim). Next, Fabrice opened Gay France and Oboulaba, a babylonian themed sim. Oboulaba is now called Chilipepper with shopping, residences and clubs.
In 2008, Sasha Laval, owner of Gay Zones, and Fabrice decided to connect their 7 estates in a new area on the SL grid. Later that year, CiteGAY and Badpuppy, two sims linked to a well-known gay Internet portal, joined them.
The continent continued to grow with Gay Europe, Gay Japan, Toozepolis and other new sims. These were launched by Sascha Laval whose holdings eventually included Gay Zone Atlantis, Gay Zone Neptunia, DJ World and Aqua Lounge).
As the archipelago grew, the emphasis was on cooperation, coordination and unity beginning with Gay France and a sim for all of gay Europe. Today, Second Life Gay Cooperative is a non-open group that manages the new Gay Europe sim, an openspace that coordinates the German and French regions.
Also in 2008, IGBC Gay Rehoboth, Jameson Architects, Ferik Island, and Flag Factory opened in the Archipelago. That year, the Gay Archipelago was the first sponsor of the Second Pride Festival in June.
At the beginning of 2009 and after the Lindens’ decision to increase the fees by 66%, many homesteads were closed. At this time, the virtual worlds did not appear so attractive to many professionals and CiteGAY closed its sim as well. Fabrice left SL for several months because of RL commitments. Upon his return, he found that the cluster had decreased to just 7 sims. But with the continued effort of Fabrice and others, Gay Europe was revived and IGBC extended its domain with new sims connected to Pandore. Oiswiss Decuir, owner of Gay Fun World, joined what was now called the Gay Archipelago. Later in 2009, Dom Bamatter, owner of Pure Indulgence, joined the group and Arnel Cloche’s Crazy Garden was opened.
In autumn of 2009, discussions began with the new Board of Second Pride to define common goals.
By the end of 2009, the Gay Archipelago had 34 sims. Its first winter Festival, The Gay Archipelago Days was held from December 12th thru 19th with many events and attractions on each sim. The festival ended with a contest for the first Mister Gay 2010. _______ was the winner and all celebrated with a grand party.
At the beginning of 2010, Marcus Steeplechase and Philip Eubanks, owners of Warehouse Plaza, a group of 5 sims, joined the Gay Archipelago. They dedicated one of their sims for the site of the Welcome Center for LGBT people in Second Life. The sim is located in the middle of the Archipelago and building is now in progress.
In January of 2010, Linden Lab offered to move all sims in the Gay Archipelago to a new, empty area of the grid, favorable for expansion. This was the opportunity for many estates to join Gay Archipelago: Pillars of Hercules, Vulcania, Lothlorian, Gay Italia and Romanum. The move took place on January 12, 2010.
With the expansion planned in the next months, the Gay Archipelago will include around 100 LGBT sims. The Gay Archipelago encourages diversity of location of gay sims throughout SL and has never desired to be the only location for LGBT sims. It exists only to enhance the Gay Archipelago Way of Life: opportunities to meet, to share, to learn, to support talent, to have fun, relax, and build a great continent with many links to all of SL and to Real Life as well.
In the first quarter of 2010, the Gay Archipelago is launching its first Council organization. This first Council will be chaired by Fabrice Snook who will be Chairman for a temporary period (until June, 2010). The immediate tasks of the Council will be to provide liaison between Linden Labs and the Gay Archipelago, to work with the Second Pride Committee, and to be useful and efficient for the owners, residents, merchants and visitors to the Gay Archipelago.
Council of the Gay Archipelago
General Secretary...................Thormec Micheline
Representative from Linden Labs.....
Technological Issues................Apocalypse Carlucci
Purpose of the Council:
- Assist and support sim owners, as requested
- Promote the Gay Archipelago
- Manage the grid
- Manage and promote GA-wide events
- Establish and maintain communication protocols
- Work with the Second Pride Committee
- Co-manage the LGBT Gateway (Welcoming & Orientation) with the Second Pride Committee
- Liaison with Linden Labs on GA-wide issues
- Speak for Linden Labs for the GA community
Monthly Fees to Linden Labs Generated by the Gay Archipelago
44 Full Sims x $295 US = $12,980 US
29 Homestead Sims x $125 US = $3,625US
7 Open Space Sims x $75 US = $525 US
Total = $17,130 US per month
Sims by Owner's First Name
(FP) Full Prim (HS) Homestead (OS) Openspace
Gay Italy Friends (FP)
Gay France (FP) Pirate Coves (HS)
Gay Island Beach (HS) Gay Island Lagoon (HS) Gay Island Resort (FP)
Alcatraz (FP) Bay 1 (HS) Bay 2 (HS) Belvedere (FP) Castro (FP) Castro Street (FP) Domination (HS) Faulkenau Bay (OS) Fisherman Warf (FP) Fisherman Wharf (FP) Golden Gate (FP) Golden Gate 2 (OS) Pure Domination (FP) Pure Heaven (HS) Pure Indulgence Estate (FP) Pure Indulgence Island (FP) Pure Isle (FP) Pure Gay Australia (FP) Pure Luxury (FP) Pure Sin (FP) Pure Romance (FP) Pure Temptation (FP) Rendezvous (FP) San Francisco Island ((FP) San Francisco Bay (OS) Sausalito (FP) Straight of Falkenau (OS) Tiburon (FP)
Gay Archipelago (OS) Pandore (FP) Sandbox Archipelago (HS)
Jameson Architects (FP)
IGBC Heliopolis (HS) - managed by Liamone Troglodite IGBC Gay Rehoboth (FP) IGBC Rehoboth Bay (HS) IGBC Rehoboth Shores (HS) IGBC Rehoboth Landing (HS)
Anahola Beach (HS) Kahiki (HS) Kanaloa Marketplace (FP) Vulcania Fine Art (HS)
Caerus (FP) Eloi (HS) Pride (FP) Warehouse Plaza (FP)
Ferik Island (HS)
Maxel Cortes -> Didier Spitteler
Gay Japan (FP) -> Gay Friendly (FP)
Gay Fun Beach (HS) Gay Fun World (FP)
Crazy Garden (HS) Berlin Dance Arena (FP) Flag Factory (HS) Gay Europe (OS) Gay Germany (HS) Gallywood (FP) -> managed by IxsyX Piranha Gay Zone Beach (FP) Gay Zone Germany (FP)
Islands of Hercules (HS) Sea of Hercules (HS) Pillars of Hercules (FP) Spires of Hercules (HS)
Telur Lane/Minoa Palen
Gay Tropicana (FP)
Calas Galadhon (FP) Dimrill Dale (FP) Glandium (HS) Grey Havens (OS) Mirromere (HS) South Farthing (HS)
Alcatraz (FP) - Dom Bamatter Anahola Beach (HS) - Keokipele Ansar Bay 1 (HS) - Dom Bamatter Bay 2 (HS) - Dom Bamatter Belvedere (FP) Dom Bamatter Berlin Dance Arena (FP) - Sascha Laval Caerus (FP) - Marcus Steeplechase Calas Galadhon (FP)- Tymus Tenk Castro (FP)- Dom Bamatter Castro Street (FP) - Dom Bamatter Chilipepper (FP) - Maxim Ansar Crazy Garden (HS) - Sascha Laval Dimrill Dale (FP) - Tymus Tenk Domination (HS) - Dom Bamatter Eloi (HS) - Marcus Steeplechase Falkenau Bay (OS) - Dom Bamatter Ferik Island (HS) - Rik Masala Fisherman Wharf (FP) - Dom Bamatter Flag Factory (HS) - Sascha Laval Folsom Street (FP) - Dom Bamatter Gallywood (FP) - Sascha Laval Gay Archipelago (OS) - Fabrice Snook Gay Europe (OS) - Sascha Laval Gay France (FP) - Benoit Lednev Gay Fun Beach (HS) - Oiswiss Decuir Gay Fun World (FP) - Oiswiss Decuir Gay Germany (HS) - Sascha Laval Gay Island Beach (HS) - Claude Zepp Gay Island Lagoon (HS) - Claude Zepp Gay Island Resort (FP) - Claude Zepp Gay Italy Friends (FP) - Achille Putzo Gay Japan (FP) - Maxel Cortes - Didier Spitteler Gay Tropicana (FP) - Telur Lane - Minoa Palen Gay Zone Beach (FP) - Sascha Laval Gay Zone Germany (FP) - Sascha Laval Glandium (HS) - Tymus Tenk Golden Gate (FP) - Dom Bamatter Golden Gate 2 (OS) - Dom Bamatter Grey Havens (OS) - Tymus Tenk IGBC Gay Rehoboth (FP) - JeanLuc Guyot IGBC Heliopolis (HS) - JeanLuc Guyot - managed by Liamone Troglodite IGBC Rehoboth Bay (HS) - JeanLuc Guyot IGBC Rehoboth Landing (HS) - JeanLuc Guyot IGBC Rehoboth Shores (HS) - JeanLuc Guyot Islands of Hercules (HS) - Scottie Menges Jamison Architects (FP) - Jaij Jameson Kahiki (HS) - Keokipele Ansar Kanaloa Marketplace (FP) - Keokipele Ansar Magic Folsom (HS) - Dom Bamatter Mirromere (HS) - Tymus Tenk Orpheum (FP) - Philip Eubanks Pandore (FP) - Fabrice Snook Pillars of Hercules (FP) - Scottie Menges Pirate Coves (HS) - Benoit Lednev Pride (FP) - Marcus Steeplechase Pure Domination (FP) - Dom Bamatter Pure Heaven (HS) - Dom Bamatter Pure Indulgence Estate (FP) - Dom Bamatter Pure Indulgence Island (FP) - Dom Bamatter Pure Isle (FP) - Dom Bamatter Pure Gay Australia (FP) - Dom Bamatter Pure Luxury (FP) - Dom Bamatter Pure Romance (FP) - Dom Bamatter Pure Sin (FP) - Dom Bamatter Pure Temptation (FP) - Dom Bamatter Rainbow Isle (FP) - Adare Breil Rendezvous (FP) - Dom Bamatter Romanum (FP) - Emperor Galtier San Francisco Bay (OS) - Dom Bamatter San Francisco Island (FP) - Dom Bamatter Sandbox Archipelago (HS) - Fabrice Snook Sausalito (FP) - Dom Bamatter Sea of Hercules (HS) - Scottie Menges South Farthing (HS) - Tymus Tenk Spires of Hercules (HS) - Scottie Menges Straight of Falkenau (OS) - Dom Bamatter Tiburon (FP) - Dom Bamatter Vulcania Fine Art (HS) - Keokipele Ansar Wharehouse Plaza (FP) - Marcus Steeplechase