Top 10 Vehicles from Detroit Auto Show 2009

2009 Detroit Auto show

I attended the 2009 North American International Auto Show last week and as is custom, I chose the Top 10 vehicles from the show. Our criteria is that they have to be production vehicles from gay-friendly manufacturers in order to qualify. While some of the concepts introduced were HOT (Cadillac Converj anyone?), we stuck to our guns and picked vehicles that you’ll be able to drive in the near future.

Six Automakers Score 100 with HRC

HRC CEI 2009

9/2/2008 – The Human Rights Campaign Foundation just released its 2009 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) and 6 of the 259 major U.S. businesses that scored a top rating of 100 percent are automotive manufacturers. Listed in alphabetical order they are: Chrysler, Ford, GM, Subaru, Toyota and VW.

Subaru, in concert with their long-standing support of the LGBT community, is not surprising. Some might be taken back by the other companies on the list as well as those that didn’t achieve a perfect score.

Emigrating in an Enclave

2008 Buick Enclave

Tuesday, September 2, 2008 – I’m happy to report that the Enclave past the niece and nephews test with flying colors. They climbed right in, grabbed the wireless headphones for the optional rear entertainment system and settled down for a ride to the local pond and back. We had a total of 6 people with an even ratio of adults to kids and the Enclave seemed very much at home. The roads in Ridgefield, CT are narrow, and undulate and weave their way through the countryside. The Enclave handled the curves with ease and delivered its cargo on both ends of the trip in comfort.

Let’s Talk: 2008 Buick Enclave

At Gaywheels.com, our mission is to bring you the latest on gay-friendly cars, their owners and the companies that build them. But sometimes we get the chance to experience vehicles in the way their owners would. Recently, we did just that when we attended a fabulous event with Buick in Napa, Calif. We weren’t alone, either. Gaywheels.com’s founder Joe LaMuraglia explored the Northern California countryside with the “Chief Mother” from MotherProof.com, Kristin Varela, as his co-driver. And we were curious — do gay drivers see the Enclave through the same eyes as a full-time Mom does? Here’s the result from their online chat review of the 2008 Enclave:

A Car for Every Gay Stage

The automobile industry spends millions of dollars researching the average consumer’s needs during various life stages. Depending on our age and position in life, our cars say a lot about us, our desires and the image we wish to project. Of course, we of the homosexual persuasion have a slightly different set of needs and paths than our straight counterparts.

Eight Family-Friendly Haulers

Family-Friendly Haulers - Toyota Highlander


With more lesbian and gay couples raising families, the community’s car-buying habits have altered radically. The safety-conscious kid hauler is quickly replacing the flashy sports car. Below is a small sampling of some family-friendly vehicles assembled by the good folks at Gaywheels.com. Each carries at least six-passengers, is priced within reach of most middle-class households and is built by a gay-friendly company (gay-friendly status is determined by whether or not a company offers domestic partner benefits to both its corporate and factory employees here in the United States).

2008 Buick Enclave

Yes Virginia, That’s a Buick in Our Driveway By Joe Tralongo If we could travel five years back in time and eavesdrop on a group of gay men or women talking about cars, it’s likely the Buick name would never…