It’s A Good Time To Be An LGBT American

The past couple of weeks have been slow on the car news front but great for LGBT Americans.

We scored marriage-equality victories in Maryland, New Jersey, and Washington, and when Chris Christie vetoed that New Jersey bill, he was roundly, soundly booed for being on the wrong side of history (as we now say). What’s more, if the recent Prop 8 verdict stands, it would seem that once couples begin marrying in Maryland and Washington, there’ll be no going back.

News Bits: Stupidity Doesn’t Fully Explain Homophobia Or Victoria Jackson

It’s Friday, and Gaywheels’ New Orleans office is preparing for a long weekend of Carnival balls, parades, and beads (as well as some inclement weather and the inevitable assortment of homophobic bible-thumpers telling all the gays that we’re doomed). But…

2012 Hyundai Accent

I’m driving along in the all-new 2012 Hyundai Accent, enjoying the crisp handling, hearing the solidness of the body structure, and appreciating how the powertrain does its thing. Then it hits me, “This is the entry-level Hyundai!” It is a suave little fuel-sipper that won’t put you out on the street – unless you want to be.

How To Buy A Car From A Company That Hates You

Last week, we told you about the sad state of Hyundai, Kia, Porsche, and Suzuki. We told you about how they refuse to offer workplace protections to their LGBT employees. We told you about how they avoid answering our questions, like, “When will your employment policies catch up to the rest of us in the 21st century?”

Why Don’t Hyundai, Kia, Porsche, And Suzuki Value Their LGBT Employees?

Hyundai, Kia, Porsche, and Suzuki offer no protections or benefits for their LGBT employees. There are two ways of looking at that.

Nissan Talks About Its Policies For LGBT Employees & Its Low HRC Score

Last month, we told you about the Human Rights Campaign’s 2012 Corporate Equality Index, which scored companies according to how well they treat their LGBT employees. Chrysler, Ford, and Toyota aced the study, with General Motors, Subaru, and Volkswagen following close behind.

GM's Adam Bernard with partner, Rich

Interview: Adam Bernard, Chair of GM PLUS, GM’s Official LGBT Employee Resource Group

Last week, I wrote about my sit-down with General Motors’ Vice President for Global Diversity, Eric Peterson, who told me about GM’s efforts to reach out to the LGBT community. A few minutes after I wrapped up that interview, I wandered 20 feet across the floor of the 2012 Detroit Auto Show and got a slightly different perspective on GM, courtesy of Adam Bernard. (Pictured above at left, with partner, Rich.) As an added treat, we were joined by the lovely and talented Joe LaMuraglia, Communications Manager for GMC and a noted friend of Gaywheels.

News Bits: GMCs & Orange Cars Rule, Plus Madonna Interrupts Auto Ads With New Single ‘Give Me All Your Luvin”

Here are a couple of quick news items to spice up your Super Bowl weekend. We’ll see you on the other side…

2012 Infiniti G37 IPL Coupe

I enjoy the Nissan 370Z, but its hyper-tweak personality can wear me out. Revving the engine to a scream and lighting up the tires makes me giddy, but constantly getting thrashed by the suspension is a bit much. I can think of a number of more entertaining ways to get thumped that don’t require a sports car. Coffee down the front of my shirt, throbbing headache, sore – never mind. There’s not even a rear seat. Point is, I could go for sports car fun without all of the sports car drama.

2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

When you go to buy a Volkswagen, their best cars almost always have three letters or numbers at the end of the model name: GTI, TDI, VR6.

The sixth generation, 2011 Jetta, on sale for a little over a year now, has been met with some pretty strong criticism. Reviewers took one look at 2011’s cheapened interior, and suspension, and had three letters of their own; “WTH??”