I saw this story over the weekend about out lesbian Erin Davies and the amazing journey she has taken since her car was spray-painted with anti-gay graffiti in Albany, NY. I was really surprised to find that she appeared at the small college in my PA hometown as a part of the third annual "Gay-Straight Alliance Leadership Summit"! Perhaps the small conservative town I remember IS evolving after all.
Here is Erin's story, from her website:
On the 11th Annual National Day of Silence, Erin Davies was victim to a hate crime in Albany, New York. Because of sporting a rainbow sticker on her VW Beetle, Erin's car was vandalized...
Despite initial shock and embarrassment, Erin decided to embrace what happened by leaving the graffiti on her car. She took her car, now known worldwide as the "Fagbug," on a 58-day trip around the United States and Canada. Along the way, Erin discovered more serious hate crimes, had people attempt to remove the graffiti, and experimented with having a male drive her car. After driving for one year, Erin decided to give her car a makeover.
And here is what it looks like now ...
To raise awareness about hate crimes and homophobia in our society, to give a voice for those who are silent, to inspire others to take a stand against bullies and to be an example of how to overcome obstacles in bringing a creative project to life.
To learn more about Erin and her interesting project, check out her website HERE.