January 19th marked the public opening of the Detroit North American International Auto Show. After the last week's press previews and the charity gala, the doors to Cobo Center opened Saturday morning to the general public.
While the concept cars and new models will draw the attention of visitors, it is important to remember that many of the auto companies are "Gay Friendly" in not only their employment policies, but some also sponsor affinity groups for their LGBT employees. These groups, in turn, have been very involved in the community through volunteering and supporting LGBT organizations. A list of gay friendly auto companies can be found at gaywheels.com.
While the auto show may be the highlight of the year for many, true car enthusiasts also enjoy the Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise and the Michigan Avenue Cruise. Some, especially collectors, like to express and share their enthusiasm for cars year-round by belonging to car clubs and there is a car club for the LGBT community. Lambda Car Club International has 32 chapters in the United States and Canada. As one might expect, there is a chapter is in the Detroit area. The club sponsors many events, and a calendar of events is on their website.
So, for those of you who enjoy the automobile, past and present, the Auto Show runs from the 19th to 27th. For hours, prices, and parking suggestions visit this link to the Free Press' Auto Show guide. However, for those of you who really enjoy cars, you might want to check out the Lambda Car Club International's Detroit Area Chapter.