Screencap from Erin Davies' FAGBUG NATION documentary

“Fagbug Nation” Documentary Coming Soon! (Until Then, Enjoy This Trailer)

When last we heard from Erin Davies, she and the Volkswagen New Beetle dubbed the “Fagbug” were doing just fine.

As you might recall, that Beetle was just a plain ol’ Beetle until 2007 when — on the morning of GLSEN’s annual Day of Silence — Erin walked out to her car in Albany, New York and saw that it had been spray-painted with the words “fag” and “u r gay”. Some people might’ve been demoralized by that double-whammy of homophobia and poor spelling skills, but not Erin: she transformed her car into a rainbow-striped LGBT-friendly beacon, emblazoned with the word “FAGBUG” on both sides.

Roger Moore as James Bond astride a Lotus Esprit Turbo

Lotus Apologizes For Tweeting Its Support Of LGBT Rights

As the Winter Olympic games began in Sochi last week, British sports car manufacturer Lotus did something unexpected: the social media team for its Formula One racing division sent out a tweet offering its best wishes to all Olympic competitors, accompanied by a photo of two men kissing. This was presumably in response to the spate of appalling (and appallingly vague) laws recently passed in Russia to restrict the rights of LGBT citizens.

LGBT-inclusive ad for the Chevrolet Traverse (debuted during the Sochi Winter Olympics)

BREAKING: Chevrolet Debuts Two Pro-LGBT Clips As Russia’s Winter Olympics Begin

LGBT-inclusive ad for the Chevrolet Traverse (debuted during the Sochi Winter Olympics)Chevrolet has just debuted two new ads — one for the Chevy Traverse, one for Chevrolet the brand. They feature images of LGBT families and same-sex marriages, accompanied by voiceovers that say things like, “[W]hile what it means to be a family hasn’t changed, what a family looks like has.”

2014 Chrysler 300

What’s New For Chrysler In 2014? Baby Diesels & 8.4 Inches To Play With

Things weren’t looking too good a few years back, as the entire American automobile industry was falling off a cliff. In the midst of all that, Chrysler hired Bob Nardelli, the infamous CEO of Home Depot who had a propensity to squeeze profit out of a company, even if it meant wrecking it because it was wreckable, to quote Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) in the movie Wall Street. Chrysler got wise and gave Bob the boot, bringing on Sergio Marchionne, who previously turned Fiat from laughable to lauded. With Chrysler, Sergio has now brought the company from bankruptcy to beatification, in a very profitable way.

2012 Motor City Pride ad for the Chevrolet Volt

We’ve Arrived: Like Uncle Sam, Chevy Tells Gays “I Want You”

Last summer, I was shocked beyond shocked when our beloved editor, Richard Read, asked me if I wanted to attend a BLTG (sandwich?) event hosted by Chevrolet in Seattle and Vancouver. I’ve never been a girl who could say ‘no’ to a man, so of course I cleared my busy calendar (brunch, shopping, tea dances, standing in line for Lady Gaga tickets) to attend.

HRC Corporate Equality Index 2014

Chrysler, Ford, GM, Nissan, Toyota, VW Ace HRC’s 2014 Corporate Equality Index

The war is far from won, but there’s no denying that 2013 has been a banner year for LGBT Americans and our many, many allies. In legislatures, city councils, courtrooms, and board rooms, people on both sides of the political divide have acknowledged that LGBT rights are simply human rights: the right to love who we want, the right to equal benefits under the law, the right to walk down our city streets without fear of harassment.

Jaguar F-Type Coupe

A Down-And-Dirty Recap Of The 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show

To be honest, the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show felt a bit light on excitement. Even the brand-new models felt a tad stale and complacent. That’s not to say it was all bad, as there were some interesting tidbits of note. Here are some candid thoughts on some of the featured cars at the LA Auto Show…

Car keys

How To Ask Your Senior Mom Or Dad For Those Car Keys

Author George Bernard Shaw once said, “Youth is wasted on the young”, and we know exactly what he means. Just about the time you get your head together, your body starts falling apart.

LGBT map of Russia

LGBT Activist: Volkswagen Refuses To Condemn Russia’s Homophobic Laws Because It’s Afraid Of Hurting Sales

Over the past couple of years, Russia has enacted laws to silence “LGBT propaganda”, and it’s justified such legislation with flawed sociological studies. Unfortunately, these laws are written so vaguely that no one really knows what counts as “propaganda”. President Putin says that there is no discrimination against Russia’s LGBT citizens, but can they hold hands in public? Can they kiss? Can they declare their love in any way, or is that breaking the law?

Rainbow flag

BREAKING: General Motors Boosts Benefits To All Legally Married Same-Sex Couples, No Matter Where They Live

According to an email from General Motors, “GM will recognize a legal marriage no matter the state of residence. For example, if a GM employee residing in Michigan, where same-sex marriage is not recognized, got married in New York, GM would recognize that marriage.”