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.”

Aston Martin Vanquish in 2013 Neiman Marcus holiday catalog

Neiman Marcus Spotlights $344,000 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante In Christmas Catalog

All I want for Christmas is that $344,000 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante featured in this year’s Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog!

Travis Fimmel in Vikings

Where Should Car Makers Put Their LBGT Ad Dollars? Big Bang, Vikings

But since there aren’t any totally gay scripted shows on mainstream TV (even LOGO), where should automobile manufacturers go if they want to reach around the hetero market for the Big Gay Prize?

Man driving shirtless

Music For Your New Car Should Include A Drag Queen, A Gay Hunk, And Gaga

For a moment last summer, as I downloaded the latest Cher song that had not yet been officially released, I felt my gay magic was back.

Twin Cities Pride

Twin Cities Pride Parade Adventure

How should I tell this story? Twin Cities Pride’s annual Ashley Rukes Parade happened over the summer. Prompted by a crazy idea from a friend of mine, I wound up riding along the parade route. It was not what I had planned to do after my original task, but…well, I better give you some background.