‘Fagbug’ Documentary and its Filmmaker to Return to Campus
Four years ago, on the 11th Annual National Day of Silence, Erin Davies was a victim of a hate crime in Albany, New York. Because she displayed a rainbow sticker on her Volkswagen Beetle, her car was vandalized and left with hate words placed on the driver's side window and hood of her car.
Despite initial shock and embarrassment, she decided to embrace what happened by leaving the graffiti on her car. She drove her car, now known worldwide as the "fagbug,” on a 58-day trip around the United States and Canada. Along the way, she discovered other more serious hate crimes, had people attempt to remove the graffiti, and experimented with having a male drive her car. After driving the “fagbug” for one year, she decided to give her car a complete makeover. She documented her trip, and premiered the movie, Fagbug, a year later.
Today, she travels across the country to tell her story with her mission to raise awareness about hate crimes and homophobia in our society. By sharing her story, she hopes to give a voice to those who are silent, to inspire others to take a stand against bullies, and to be an example of how to overcome obstacles by bringing a creative project to life.
Davies will return to the St. John Fisher College campus for the second year in a row next Tuesday, October 11, National Coming Out Day, to show her film, Fagbug, and meet with students. The film will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Basil 135. Davies’ visit is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs.