Rainbow Christians

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RainbowChristians.com
Private
Industry Internet, online dating,
Founded 2005
Headquarters Berkeley, CA, USA
Key people
Justin R. Cannon Founder
Website rainbowchristians.com

RainbowChristians.com is an online dating and social networking website that caters to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender/transsexual Christians.

History[edit]

In October 2005, Justin R. Cannon founded this site under the name ‘Gayharmony’ through the domain www.gayharmony.net. In the website’s debut press release, Cannon explained the rationale for founding the website as follows: “Most GLBTQ Christians are excluded from joining Christian personals sites, and gay and other personals sites aren’t structured to meet their specific needs. The growing gay Christian demographic deserves a welcoming safe place tailored just for them.” [1]

On May 29, 2006, Cannon applied for a trademark for the term Gayharmony through the United States Patent and Trademark Office.[2] After Cannon’s trademark application was denied on grounds of “likelihood of confusion” with eharmony’s respective trademark, Cannon abandoned the trademark for Gayharmony[3] and changed the name of his site to Rainbow Christians.

Cannon then gave the domain name to eHarmony. "In 2005 I actually launched my site under the domain Gayharmony.net, but in 2006 changed the name and gave the old domain to eHarmony. I'm, actually, quite surprised that they did not use it for this new service," explained Cannon, in a press release about eHarmony's new matchmaking service for gays and lesbians.[4]

In November 2009, Cannon sold Rainbow Christians to a new owner, James Lim.[5]

Services[edit]

Features of the site include:

  • Comprehensive user profiles
  • Photo uploads
  • Internal email and chat system
  • Simple and advanced search
  • Groups
  • Polls, Articles, & News

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gayharmony.Net Launches As Net’s Only Devoted Gay Christian Personals & Matchmaking Site" October 9, 2005. Accessed April 8, 2008
  2. ^ Gayharmony Trademark Document Retrieval" May 29, 2006. Accessed April 8, 2008
  3. ^ Gayharmony Trademark Document Retrieval" May 29, 2006. Accessed April 8, 2008
  4. ^ "Founder of RainbowChristians.com Responds to eHarmony New Jersey Settlement" November 27, 2008. Accessed December 29, 2008
  5. ^ "Allow me to introduce myself" November 6, 2009. Accessed November 14, 2009