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The Fagbug in Durham, North Carolina in 2008.

Fagbug is a Volkswagen New Beetle owned by Erin Davies of Syracuse, New York, who, in response to graffiti on her car, embarked on a trans-American road trip to raise awareness of LGBT rights.[1][2][3]


On April 18, 2007, Davies, an art education graduate student at Sage College of Albany, found the words "fag" and "U R gay" [sic] spray-painted on her car.[4] In response, she dropped out of college and started on a 55,000 mi (89,000 km) trip through 41 U.S. states, during which she interviewed 536 people and spoke out against hate crimes.[5][6][7] Davies received a sponsorship from Volkswagen Group of America and HD Radio to use for gas money, car expenses, and the film.[8]

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  1. ^ Berk, Brett (February 28, 2010). "The Heartwarming Story of Fagbug". VF Daily. Stick Shift, The Gay Car Blog. Retrieved July 1, 2009.
  2. ^ Raymundo, Oscar (December 19, 2007). "Driven to Spread Awareness". Current Project for Student Journalism. (Newsweek). Archived from the original on July 10, 2009. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  3. ^ Stewart, Alison (January 16, 2008). "The Adventures of a Car Named 'Fagbug'". Bryant Park Project. (National Public Radio). Retrieved August 10, 2009.
  4. ^ Parry, Marc (May 1, 2007). "An act of hatred backfires". Times Union. (timesunion.com). Retrieved August 10, 2009.[dead link]
  5. ^ Kroll, Morgan (June 19, 2007). "Meet the bloggers: Erin Davies". The Advocate. Archived from the original on 2007-12-19. Retrieved August 10, 2009.
  6. ^ Smith, K.M. (September 1, 2007). "Activist Debuts the FagBug" (PDF). Curve. (fagbug.com). Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  7. ^ Jubie, Ken (April 22, 2008). ""Fagbug" turns hate into inspiration". Capital News 9. Archived from the original on January 19, 2013. Retrieved August 10, 2009.
  8. ^ Kusner, Daniel A. "Erin Davies' Pride Ride". Archived from the original on 2013-12-17. Retrieved 19 February 2013.

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