Feedback

Vandals’ homophobic slur remade as badge of honor

fagbug 3

When a vandal scrawled slurs on her Volkswagen beetle, Erin Davies decided to turn the car into a rolling teachable moment.

Photo by: Fern Shen

We knew there had to be a good story behind the rainbow-hued Volkswagen Beetle with the eye-catching name parked on President St. Saturday.

There is.

On the Fagbug website, are details of  the ugly incident that took place on April 18, 2007 and inspired the project.

Here’s how it’s described on the site:

“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, left with the words “fag” and “u r gay” 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. 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 other, more serious hate crimes, had people attempt to remove the graffiti, and experimented with having a male drive her drive her car. After driving the fagbug for one year, Erin decided to give her car a makeover.”

Now, Davies travels the country speaking at college campuses and appearing at Pride parades. And this weekend, it seems, she was in Baltimore.

The mission of Fagbug “is to raise awareness about hate crimes and homophobia, 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 creative projects to life,” the website says.

There’s also a documentary about that initial cross-country trip. On Davies Facebook page, you can see a slideshow of the variety of notes people left her, along with money and cans of Redbull. One says simply “Hero.” Another says “It’s a shame you made this up.”

Be sure to check our full comment policy before leaving a comment.

  • May 28, 2015

    • For Baltimore police, contrition and apology seem to be the order of the day, and in West Baltimore Lt. Col. Melvin Russell was on point. As a throng of people in red shirts listened (participants in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church), the veteran officer addressed them last night outside the Ames Memorial […]

  • May 27, 2015

    • The mayor and Board of Estimates today agreed to pay $42,500 to a 39-year-old woman who was mistakenly shot by a Baltimore police officer during an early morning scuffle on York Road. According to the out-of-court settlement, which ends a $1 million civil lawsuit filed by Tasha Coleman, Officer Quinton O. Smith discharged his service […]

  • May 26, 2015

    • Nine people were killed and at least 20 were wounded as gun violence continued to rack Baltimore over the Memorial Day weekend. The last reported shooting over the weekend took place at 1400 North Fulton Avenue, a well-known crime hot spot. An adult male was shot multiple times in the torso about 11:30 p.m. Monday. […]

  • May 20, 2015

    • The Ingenuity Project has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to bring supplemental STEM programming to 500 high-achieving Baltimore middle-school students. Ingenuity provides about 530 of Baltimore’s advanced 6-12th graders with a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum and is hosted by three Baltimore City middle schools – Mount Royal, Hamilton, Roland […]

More of the Daily Drip »

Below the Fold

  • December 15, 2014

    •   “Ha ha, so not a surprise.” “Shocking…not!!” We get applause but also the occasional eye-roll these days for our accountability reporting – like last week’s piece about how tax cuts promised by the mayor as a selling point for Horseshoe Baltimore probably won’t happen, thanks to the casino’s lower-than-expected revenues. We get where the […]

Twitter

Facebook