LGBT Resource Center to host speaker event

By David Matz

Look for a rainbow colored Volkswagon Beetle with the words “fagbug” printed on the sides driving down the streets of DeKalb on Monday.

The eye catching car belongs to public speaker Erin Davies, and she’s coming to campus to help educate people about homosexual hate crimes and homophobia.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center invited Davies to show her documentary, Fagbug, about homophobia in the nation as a way to finish LGBT History Month.

The campus resource center decided to invite Davies to speak at NIU because her story is inspiring and holds a good message, said Molly Holmes, director of the LGBT Resource Center.

Davies was in college when her Volkswagon Beetle was vandalized with spray painted words “fag” and “u r gay.” She decided to leave the spray painted words on her car and set out across the nation to spread awareness about hate crimes and homophobia, according to her website

After a year Davies repainted the car with the words “fagbug” to fully embrace her message of acceptance and educating people on homophobia.

“Her message is one of empowerment and the ability to take a negative and creating a positive,” said junior sociology major Mack Lewis.

Davies will be on campus with her car, will host a free showing of her documentary exposing hate crimes and hold a Q and A session.

The LGBT Resource Center paid a fee in order for Davies to come to NIU, show her documentary and hold the Q and A session. Holmes couldn’t comment on the amount of the fee, but said the LGBT Resource Center collaborated with four other organizations to host Davies.