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Davies Discusses Homophobic Hate Crimes

erin davies.jpgErin Davies, activist and co-founder of the Fagbug Project, spoke at Eastern's University Hour Series on Oct. 19 in the Student Center Theatre. Davies' presentation, "Creating Change in Ourselves," shared her inspirational story of traveling across the United States and Canada to raise awareness about hate crimes and homophobia.

Davies refused to be silent in 2007 when her VW Beetle was vandalized and marked with homophobic slurs just because it sported a rainbow bumper sticker.  Her presentation raised awareness about her campaign to give a voice to those who are silent; inspire others to take a stand against bullies; and be an example of how to overcome obstacles with creativity.

Since founding the Fagbug project four years ago, Davies has gained sponsorship from the Volkswagen Group of America and the Sundance Film Festival. In addition, she has produced a documentary of her journey, which can be found at www.fagbug.com.

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