Things are humming along for the Fag Bug event here in Las Vegas. A couple of people have stepped up to help out (I can always use more volunteers and sponsors!). Someone has donated a hotel room for Erin and we are pretty close to confirming a location for the event. Woot!
We have finalized the date for the event for April 19, which is also The Day of Silence. This national event is held every year and features people remaining silent the whole day in order to raise awareness about how bigotry and hateful acts toward LGBT individuals silences them (and in some cases leads to homicide or suicide).
Erin’s car was vandalized on the National Day of Silence in 2007. So this will also be the anniversary of that act and her decision to start this journey. I cannot think of a better way to end the silence of hate crimes against LGBT individuals than opening up and talking about them with Erin Davies and witnessing her story with the Fag Bug!
But there is still a lot to do and I can use all the help I can get:
- Erin’s speaking fee is $500. Please help by donating today! You can also click the link to the right ==>
- Volunteers! For the panel, to help set up, to help spread the word and raise funds… Volunteer Today!
- Sponsorships and partnerships with organizations and business!
** RSVP TO THE EVENT HERE **
I know we can put on another kick-ass event for the Fag Bug!
Background: The Fag Bug is a now-iconic Volkswagen Bug that was vandalized with anti-gay hate speech graffiti six years ago. Rather than cover up the hate speech spray painted on her car, Erin Davies decided to drive around the country and share her story as well as those of other victims of hate speech. Just a month after starting this very blog, I contacted Davies about coming to Las Vegas during her tour. She stayed two days and we had what she has referred to as some of the best-attended and best-organized events of her entire tour! Erin filmed her journey and it became a documentary called fagbug. And now she is coming back to Las Vegas to screen her documentary — which features locals footage and interviews!
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