Fagbug! seeks to bring awareness to homophobia and the documentary related to the concept will be shown at the University of South Alabama on Friday, October 25, 2013. Photo courtesy of Spectrum.
-- Erin Davies had a rainbow sticker on her Volkswagon Beetle and came back to find it spray painted with the word "fag" on it.
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After recovering from shock, Davies took the car on a tour for 58 days and left the graffiti on it. Along the way, she learned more about various hate crimes and other acts of vandalism which inspired her to make a documentary called "Fagbug." She then decided to paint it in a rainbow paint scheme to spread awareness about hate crimes and homophobia by traveling around the country.
The documentary's sequel "Fagbug Nation" will be shown at the University of South Alabama's Laidlaw Performing Arts Center on Friday at 5:30 p.m. followed by lecture and discussion with Davies at 7:30 p.m.
The car itself will be on display from 10:15 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Fresh Foods Co., and then at 12:45 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the student center. Beginning at 5 p.m. it will be parked at Laidlaw.
The event is the first that Davies has done in the state of Alabama, according to USA Spectrum president Rachel Docter. "It's a huge opportunity for our campus as a whole," Docter said. "Don't be the person who sees the rainbow car and doesn't know what it's for."
Spectrum is USA's GLBTA representation. Their mission includes having events such as the Fagbug screening to bring awareness to the issues that the GLBTA community faces, including an at USA involving suspected car vandalism.
Admission is free to the event.