About Richard Read

Richard Read covers a range of topics including LGBT issues, advertising, technology, pop culture, and, of course, cars, for Gaywheels, The Car Connection, Green Car Reports, Motor Authority, and other publications. Previously, he's written for Gawker, Fodors, and many other outlets, both on the web and in print. In his spare time, Richard is a marketing consultant, with a focus on small businesses and nonprofits. Born in Laurel, Mississippi, he holds degrees from Millsaps College, Tulane University, and the University of New Orleans. He lives in New Orleans, Louisiana with his husband and four mostly well-behaved hounds.

Gaywheels’ Most Popular Posts & Car Reviews: January – June 2013

Man driving shirtless

2013 has been an exciting year for both car fans and the LGBT community. The number of eco-friendly autos has surged, the roster of gay-friendly advertisers is growing, and just last week, the usual mix of tragi-comic news was brightened when the Supreme Court handed LGBT Americans two wins in the space of an hour. And even though the Prop 8 ruling was a bit of a letdown for folks outside California, the Court made it clear that the impact of its decision would be felt immediately and forcefully, no matter how much the asshats at the National Organization for Marriage bellyached. Continue reading

Ford Is The Only Automaker On Top-20 List Of LGBT-Friendly Brands (Too Bad About Nebraska’s Woodhouse Ford Dealership, Though)

Rainbow flag

We’re happy to announce that, once again, Ford Motor Company made YouGov’s top-20 list of LGBT-friendly brands — something it totally deserves, since Ford was one of five automakers to score a perfect 100 on the HRC’s most recent Corporate Equality Index. Though none of the others — Chrysler, General Motors, Toyota, and Volkswagen — landed in the top 20, we hope they didn’t fall far below it. (YouGov hasn’t released results for all 1,100 of the brands it tracks.)
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Indiana Ends Negotiations With LGBT Group Over Specialty License Plate

Indiana license plate for LGBT equality

The past year has been an historic one for the LGBT community. America elected a president who believes in marriage equality and put a record number of LGBT politicians in office at the federal, state, and local levels. Voters approved marriage equality at the ballot box and fended off attacks from our foes. Elsewhere around the globe, marriage equality and other LGBT rights have been progressing, too. All that forward movement makes what’s happened in Indiana doubly sad. Continue reading

2013 Acura ILX: A Civic In Drag For The NQR40s

2013 Acura ILX 2.0L

During the next few years, no automotive segment will be more contested than the entry-luxury market. I’ve taken to calling these drivers the NQR40s, or not-quite-rich, under 40s. They’re young, not exceedingly wealthy, but they can certainly afford cars with above-average price tags. Like our own tribe, they tend to be tech- and design-savvy. Make it fun, urban-appropriate, and a bit daring, and you’ve got the perfect package for most folks in this demographic. (Or us, for that matter.) Continue reading