Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Incredible Journey of Erin Davies and Her Car


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 ...



Erin's mission:
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.

7 comments:

Eric Arvin said...

What an interesting woman!

Miss Ginger Grant said...

I TOTALLY want to ride in the Fagbug!!!! It is awesome and I LOVE what she is doing!!! I wonder if she'll come to Houston for our Pride Parade?

Sean said...

I actually met her in DC at the beginning of her journey. She's very cool.

mrs. miss alaineus said...

k this chick on my list of heroes and people i aspire to be more like.

xxalainaxx

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Talk about making lemonaide out of lemons. The re-tooled bug is cute.

SteveA said...

That is an amazing story - hats off to her for her brave and bold stand!

Kwana said...

What a way to turn things around. How can you not smile seeing that car?

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