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Ford Continues Support Of Homophobic St. Patrick’s Day Parade, While Guinness, Heineken Pull Out

It’s St. Patrick’s Day — a day of shamrocks, green beer, and, depending on where you live, a heaping helping of homophobia.

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LGBT News: Chicago Cabbies Vow To Out Aldermen, Chrysler Crusades Against Bullying

We’re following two LGBT-related news items today — one of them odd, the other, just awesome. Just for kicks, let’s start with the odd.

Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone

Formula One’s Leading Homophobe, Bernie Ecclestone, Completely Agrees With Russia’s Anti-LGBT Laws

Formula One racing CEO Bernie Ecclestone has told CNN that he’s totally in favor of Russia’s new laws prohibiting LGBT “propaganda” (whatever that means).

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“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.

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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.”

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Detroit Brings The Heat To 2014: A Recap Of The North American International Auto Show

The North American International Auto Show began with the Chevy Silverado and Corvette winning North American Car and Truck of the year, then heated up through unveilings of cars as diverse as the next Honda Fit, Hyundai Genesis, Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept, Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge, and these noteworthy rides:

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.