By on October 11, 2010

TTKN News reports that General Motors has been awarded a top rating of 100 percent in the 2011 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a survey which is carried out by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC). This scoring of 100 percent represents the fifth consecutive year that GM scored 100 percent in this survey. They didn’t get that top spot for their stance on Tibet. As a company that is entirely dependent on two governments (U.S. and Chinese) GM wisely kept their nose clean on THAT.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation also named GM in their list of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality”. Now in case you’ve been under a rock or in a monastery, “LGBT”  doesn’t stand for “Large GM Built Truck.” It stands for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender.” If you subscribe to any of that, GM supposedly is one of the best places on earth to work for. “General Motors is proud to receive this recognition for the fifth consecutive year,” said Mary T. Barra, vice president of global human resources for GM, “It reflects our ongoing efforts to provide an environment that recognizes and embraces the diverse needs of our employees and our marketing initiatives to the LGBT community.”

Other car companies on the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” are Chrysler, Ford, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen.  The funny thing is, the top honors for GM are not entirely returned by the target groups. Cars by Chrysler, Ford, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen are on the Top 10 Top Lesbian Cars list. GM? Nada. Gay men at least rank the 2010 Chevy Camaro as the “Top Retro Flagship” in the #3 position – the rest of their choices are, well, diverse.  But gays share the Subaru Outback affliction of their butch sisters. Sorry, no listing for Top 10 bisexual cars. They have their hands full driving men AND women crazy. But whoa, there is a list for Top 10 transgender cars! (You know, the people who have certain engine and body modifications.) Who’s the top here? The Chevy Suburban. See, the title is not entirely undeserved.

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23 Comments on “LGBT Motors...”


  • avatar
    obbop

    Reading the book written in the 1950s…………….
     
    “Oh when we were young and our hearts were fun and gay…….”
     
    Live and let live grumbles the grouchy one but tiresome it is this constant barrage of “gayness” in the mass media, Hollywood output and USA society in general.
    But, the Disgruntled One ™ can’t change societal trends so I just try to ignore the entire affair.

    • 0 avatar

      “constant barrage”? really. Admittedly I’ve only been visiting TTAC for a year but to the best of my knowledge this is the first story with any mention of sexual identity/preference (which btw Cammy I’d not realised was a “subscription” – must check mine hasn’t expired…)
       
      I’m sorry you find this one mention of other sexual identities tiresome obbop but I’m not sure rushing to post about your fatigue really qualifies as ignoring the entire affair any more than one story in thousands constitutes a barrage.

    • 0 avatar
      Cammy Corrigan

      splateagle,
       
      It was just a throwaway comment. Nothing more. Sexuality is determined, not chosen. Want proof? Start fancying the gender you don’t fancy right now…can’t do it? That’s how homosexuals are with members of the opposite gender.
       

    • 0 avatar

      I was amused not offended Cammy, it’s just a strange phrase to use in that context.

      and for the record you’re preaching to the choir there ;)

    • 0 avatar
      sfdennis1

      Agreed that ONE story out of literally hundreds posted on TTAC hardly counts as a ‘barrage’…but hey, at least thanks for the ‘live and let live’ attitude… but live and let live means that , yes, SOME of the news that happens on the planet will be about LGBT people, so you’re all just gonna have to deal, like some of the news is about black people, or Jews, or (God bless ’em), the teabaggers….and I’ll try not to belabor the ‘barrage’ of hetero-news and straight-focused media I gladly deal with on a daily basis…God, you ‘straights’ are all over the news all the time, not to mention the sitcoms, the movies, etc. etc.  ;->

      I’m assuming this post exists because today October 11, is “National Coming Out Day”. I can hear the ‘do we really need a Nat’l coming out day?’ blah blah already…well..The rash of recent gay-bullying-related suicides in our culture shows us that ‘live and let live’ is still a difficult concept for some folks to grasp. Too many LGBT people die every year in this country from the results of anti-gay bullying and direct violence aimed at LGBT people…it should be considered a national disgrace, by any compassionate human standard.

      I myself have survived bullying, verbal assaults and insults, physical threats, have been threatened and chased by a gang of teenage thugs (I feared for my life if they had caught me), been shot at with a BB gun, etc etc etc…ya know, some of you straights really, really make it a point to hate on gay people….so I trust you all can ‘survive’ the occasional LGBT-themed news item and not fall to pieces or feel so heavily burdened…

      To bring this back to TTAC’s purpose, CARS…..Car buyers, car enthusiasts, car designers and builders come in ALL shapes and sizes, genders and orientations. A 100% HRC approval rating for a corporation means that an organization has anti-discrimination policies against sexual orientation, and hasn’t actively or openly supported anti-gay causes or political candidates.  Most of the Fortune 500 recognize that LGBT people make good employees, and have some form of anti-discrimination policy…in a competitive global economy, respecting and protecting good employees just makes good sense.

    • 0 avatar
      N8iveVA

      obbop.  Try being gay and seeing 99% of what’s on tv geared towards heterosexuals.

    • 0 avatar
      Cammy Corrigan

      I normally adopt a “laissez faire” attitude to my comments sections because I know you lot like to have your say.
       
      But I will be watching this article like a hawk. Any harrassment of people’s comments (be they pro or anti homosexuality) will be deleted and scolded. Please stick to comments about the story or your own view on LGBT issues.
       
      You have all been warned… :O) Have a nice day!

  • avatar
    ciddyguy

    About a decade ago, Car Talk had, and may still have a what’s the top gay/Lesbian car list and at the time, if I recall, the top Lesbian car was the Jeep CJ/Wrangler, for the guys I think it was the VW new Beetle, don’t know what it is, but I know the Subaru Legacy Outback wagon was a favorite by Lesbians for they can haul around there large dogs and I knew a gent who drove a Sub Legacy wagon (not the outback if I recall) and a friend I know now drives a 10 YO Subaru Legacy wagon.
     
    Be that as it may, it IS nice hearing of companies whom are LGBT friendly as there are still environments that are hostile to them in many areas of the country.

  • avatar
    Educator(of teachers)Dan

    I’m just waiting for the Christian right to line up to boycot like they did when Ford got named to a similar list.  Good for GM  to get recongized for something positive for once.

    • 0 avatar
      Cammy Corrigan

      Educator(of teachers)Dan,
       
      You said it yourself. “The Christian RIGHT”. Since they’re already right wing, they’ll have already boycotted GM for taking their tax money. What are they going to do? Not buy their cars twice…?

    • 0 avatar
      N8iveVA

      Dan,  yeah, that wasn’t long ago when they boycotted Ford, but then i think they’ve also boycotted Disney, Wal-mart and Target too.  Not sure where these rightwingers are allowed to shop then.

    • 0 avatar
      gslippy

      Funny how a story about “LGBT Motors” gets turned into a bash of the “Christian right”, of which I am a part.
       
      I believe boycotts are a useless tool since you ultimately end up as a hermit in a non-country.
       
      Stories like these (“gay-friendly” companies, “gay” cars, etc.) only serve to bait jokesters and haters alike.  It’s more fun to debate peak oil, global warming, or the Volt’s ICE-direct-drive system.

    • 0 avatar
      psarhjinian

      The best part about the LGBT-driven boycott of Ford is that it came out around the same time that Honda was named the least LGBT-friendly make.
       
      Personally, I’d savour the schadenfreude of watching the kind of person who has problems with homosexuality agonize about how the only truck he’d be able to buy is the Honda Ridgeline.

  • avatar
    N8iveVA

    It’s great to hear they get such a good rating, but it is from HRC after all, so not sure how much that’s worth since they’re usually so busy patting themselves on the back.  As far as cars go, i know more gay men with Wranglers and Outbacks than i do lesbians.  Or they drive Mini’s or VW’s.  And i know very few that drive GM cars.  I tend to lean towards Fords myself. 

  • avatar
    darkwing

    In other words, GM has made increasingly generous donations to the HRC PAC for the last five years, and now they’re receiving their quid pro quo. Yawn.
    The real story here is that a government-controlled corporation is essentially being used to launder taxpayer money to the HRC, a private organization that has nothing to do with the car business. (And, though I’m sure this is entirely unrelated, just so happens to spend millions bolstering Democratic candidates in what looks to be a nasty election year for the party in power.) But hey, that’s just par for the course, right?

  • avatar
    aspade

    I don’t talk to strangers about what I do to my wife, I don’t push mandatory training at work to force my coworkers to feign approval of it, I don’t get sex life based set-asides and sponsorships, I don’t get special medical coverage to humor my fetishes, and frankly if I asked for any of those I’d be laughed at and I would deserve it.  I think some corporate equality like that would be great.
     
    Just another reason to buy from the Koreans.

    • 0 avatar
      Educator(of teachers)Dan

      Just another reason to buy from the Koreans.
       
      Then you should love the rebadged Dawoos being pushed by Chevy!

    • 0 avatar
      donkensler

      I don’t go around saying what my partner and I do in bed, either, and if you think you know by the simple fact that I’m gay, well that’s your problem not mine.
      No sex-life based set asides?  Please.  If you were to die without a will, the default would be that your estate would go to your wife.  For me, it would be my siblings (or my parents when I was alive).  Even with a will, I’m betting more same-sex couple’s wills are challenged than those of opposite-sex couples.  If you’re in the hospital, it’s just understood that your wife has the right to visit.  For me, depending on the hospital (and I might not have my choice of hospital in the event of an emergency), it might take legal action, even with a medical power of attorney in effect.  If you’re unconscious, it’s understood that your wife can make medical decisions on your behalf.  For me, again, the default would be my siblings.  And hospitals have been known to ignore valid medical powers of attorney granted to partners, once again requiring legal action.
      On a more day-to-day basis, I’ll bet you can have a picture of your wife and/or kids on your desk at work without worrying about being fired.  I’ll bet if your wife were in the hospital you wouldn’t have any problem getting time off from work when necessary.
      Shall I go on?  Those who are in the majority get special right every day without even thinking about it.

  • avatar
    50merc

    I wish we all could get along. The reason this topic provocative for many social conservatives is they tend to see the Human Rights Campaign and similar efforts as transitioning from asking acceptance to demanding endorsement. If you read the questionnaire (forty or so items) you’ll see it asks employers about such things as forming GLBT advocacy groups within the workforce, funding GLBT events and pushing for GLBT-favored legislation. The questions regarding conducting employee surveys of sexual orientation and gender identity strike me as over the top.
     
    And again, I must point out that “teabagging” refers to a sexual practice, not to expressing concern about our country’s future.
     

  • avatar
    M 1

    Homosexuals don’t bother me, although I don’t think they deserve any special treatment. I can even force myself to deal with cross-dressers with a straight face, but again, they shouldn’t expect special treatment in the workplace.
     
    But I’ll cross that line and state categorically that transgender people have psychological issues. And sometimes psychological issues are simply incompatible with normal employment. Like the sex you’re born with, it’s a fact of life. No amount of wishing or surgery is going to change your gender, and a business should not be legally forced to participate in those people’s fantasies.

    • 0 avatar
      psarhjinian

      Homosexuals don’t bother me, although I don’t think they deserve any special treatment. I can even force myself to deal with cross-dressers with a straight face, but again, they shouldn’t expect special treatment in the workplace

      Which, generally, is what they’re asking for.  Special treatment goes both ways: they’d like the same benefits available to hetero couples, and they’d like not be harassed like their hetero co-workers are (or rather, are not).  Since some group insurance companies only do that for marriage, there’s really two solutions: allow gay marriage, or force insurance companies to grant spousal benefits to common-law.

      I wonder what’s harder?  Arm-twisting social conservatives, or squeezing a dime out of insurers?

    • 0 avatar
      darkwing

      I wonder what’s harder?  Arm-twisting social conservatives, or squeezing a dime out of insurers?
      Both pale in comparison to getting “progressives” to stop forcing their emotions on the rest of us.

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