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“Fagbug” activist to speak at Penn State Fayette Feb. 24

2/16/2011 —

Erin Davies, a hate crime victim, will share her inspirational story about traveling across the United States and Canada to raise awareness about hate crimes and homophobia. The free event is open to the public and will be held in Swimmer Hall at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus on Thursday, Feb. 24, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

April 18, 2007, marked the 11th annual National Day of Silence, a day observed by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community to protest harassment and discrimination caused by sexual orientation. This also was the day Davies’ Volkswagen Beetle, which displayed a rainbow decal, was vandalized with homophobic graffiti spray painted on the window and hood. Instead of letting the incident deter her, Davies decided to take her car on a 58-day road trip. Her goal was to capture people’s reactions to her car on film and turn it into a documentary titled “Fagbug.”

Davies’ presentation will include a viewing of the documentary and the telling of the story of her transformation from hate crime victim to hate crime activist. People will also have the opportunity to see the “Fagbug” automobile at the campus from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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