Speaking Out Load, Saginaw Valley State University's LGBT advocacy student organization brings Erin Davies and her fagbug to its campus Nov. 13.
On the 11th annual National Day of Silence, Davies was victim of a hate crime in Albany, New York. Sporting a rainbow sticker on her Volkswagen Beetle, Erin's car was vandalized, left with the words "fag" and "u r gay" placed on the driver's side window and hood of her car.
Davies decided to embrace the turn of events by leaving the graffiti on her car – known worldwide as the "fagbug" – and driving it on a 58-day trip around the United States and Canada. Her trip was documented in a 83-minute film, which shows Davies meeting other victims of hate crimes, witnessing mixed reactions to the fagbug and raising awareness for homophobia.
"Rather than get it fixed, Erin left the graffiti on her car for a year to evoke a dialog with the general public about homophobia," said Andrew Northrop, president of Speaking Out Loud.
From noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 13, Davies will be on hand with fagbug at SVSU's Courtyard to answer questions one-on-one. The main presentation begins at 9 p.m. in the Thompson Student Activities Room. Davies will share her story and discuss hate crimes and homophobia.
For more information about the event, contact Northrop at [email protected]. For more information about fagbug, go to http://www.fagbug.com.