Cars, trucks, SUVS: they take us to work, school, the grocery store, and everywhere else we need to go. Most of us depend on them for our independence and mobility. Unfortunately, the automotive world isn’t always a comfortable place for GLBT shoppers. Showrooms and garages are known more for macho swagger and technical jargon than for welcoming gay men — much less lesbians or transsexuals.
Although that situation is beginning to change, the auto industry still has a long way to go. That’s why Gaywheels.com launched in 2005, with the goal of creating a place for GLBT consumers to learn more about new cars, the auto sector, and related topics. Over the years, we’ve tried to offer range of reviews, advice, personal profiles, and even travel suggestions. As the auto world evolves and diversifies, we’ll continue doing the same to meet our readers’ needs.
Some of our current Gaywheels.com team
Richard Read has led an eclectic life, and he’s got the resume to prove it. Over the years, he’s written about film, videogames, pop culture, travel, and, of course, cars for Gawker, Fodors, MetBlogs, High Gear Media, and many points in-between. Richard holds twin graduate degrees in business and literature; in his everyday life, he works in marketing and development, giving particular attention to emerging for-profit and non-profit corporations. Richard’s parents are super proud that their son has always driven American-made cars and trucks, but they still wish he’d change his own oil. Richard lives with his husband and three dogs in New Orleans, which is just as wonderful as everyone says. (No, his house didn’t flood, but thanks for asking.) Follow him at Facebook.com/RichardRead, Twitter.com/RichardRead, and Google+, or send an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Casey Williams’ interest in cars started around 3, when he could identify the brand of almost every model. With a father and grandfather working at GM, cars were in the blood. The first car he ever “drove” was his parents’ Model T. Although he wanted to be a car designer, he ended up in engineering, then business, school at General Motors Institute, where he joined the newspaper staff and started writing auto stories. He always had a car magazine or two in his book bag – a habit that still gets him in trouble with his partner when he reads them over dinner at a fancy restaurant. Casey contributes to Metrosource Magazine, The Dallas Voice, and several mainstream publications. Earning an MBA and working as a lean manufacturing manager gives him a unique perspective of the auto industry. His personal wheels range from an ’89 Corvette to a ’95 Mercedes and ’09 Smart ForTwo.
Other esteemed contributors, past and present