Welcome, Erin Davies and Fagbug!

Fagbug Collage

The 2014 Lexington Pride Festival would like to welcome Erin Davies and the world famous “Fagbug” as guest at this year’s Pride Festival!

In just a few short days it will be seven years to the day that Erin Davies, an art education student at Sage College of Albany made national headlines. On April 18, 2007, the 11th Annual National Day of Silence, Erin Davies became a victim to a hate crime in Albany, New York. Because of sporting a rainbow sticker on her Volkswagen Beetle, Erin’s car was vandalized, left with the words “fag” and “u r gay” spray-painted placed on the driver’s side window and hood of her car.

Despite initial shock and embarrassment, Erin decided to embrace what happened by leaving the graffiti on her car. In response, she put her studies on hold, took her car, now known worldwide as the “Fagbug,” and embarked upon a video-documented 58-day trip around the US and Canada. During this she interviewed 536 people and spoke out against hate crimes.

Along the way, Erin discovered other, more serious hate crimes, had people attempt to remove the graffiti, and experimented with having a male drive her car. Not only did she want America to see the spray-painted words, she wanted help with a solution. Her trip in the Fagbug led to a 2009 award-winning documentary about her adventure.

After a year, Erin gave her car a makeover and now tours with her rainbow Volkswagen Beetle, speaking at over 300 colleges and universities across North America to bring awareness of hate crimes and homophobia. Erin’s been a guest on BBC, NPR and ABC News, and has been written about in Newsweek, Vanity Fair, The Advocate, Curve Magazine, and in Clara Lewis’ book titled “Tough On Hate? The Cultural Politics of Hate Crimes.”

Recently, Erin received her Master’s in Art Education from Sage College and got married in Manchester, Vermont, to wife and artist collaborator Sonya Parrish. Erin & Sonya reside in Syracuse, NY with their 3 dogs, 3 cats and 2 turtles.

Watch the trailer, view the film on Netflix or Hulu. Her sequel “Fagbug Nation” is coming out very soon and will be showing in Lexington as part of a fundraiser the day after the Lexington Pride Festival.