On April 18, 2007, The National Day of Silence, a still unidentified person spray-painted the words "fAg" and "U R gay" on Erin Davies' Volkswagon New Beetle. Since then, the openly lesbian Davies (she's been out since she was a teen) has driven the so-called "fagbug," which now sports a sleeker, more colorful look, to almost every state in the country to speak to people about hate and acceptance. She's even made a documentary film about her momentous journeys in the famous Beetle. I caught up with her just before the fast approaching four-year anniversary of the life-changing act of vandalism on her car.
SP: Do you ever get lonely on your solo travels throughout the country?
ED: Sure, I get lonely. It gives you a lot of time to contemplate things. Driving so much however forces me to make the most of my experience once I arrive at my destination. Given that my car is a moving dialogue it pulls people in to talk to me wherever I stop on my way so even though I may be traveling alone, I'm not usually alone in my travels. Sometimes people talk to me so much on my stops, I wish I was able to do things uninterrupted like get gas, food, or whatnot.
SP: Are you still with your girlfriend?
ED: The relationship I was in when this venture began didn't withstand my 58 day road trip around the country. I am in a new relationship with my partner, Sonya. We're engaged to be married September 17th in Manchester, Vermont. We create beautiful paintings together and compliment one another in many ways.
SP: How does she feel about you being away so often?
ED: Sonya is very understanding of what I do. When I'm around I'm 100% around and available. When I'm not we talk for hours and make the most of it. She travels with me as much as her schedule allows.
SP: Have you ever been given any clues as to who may have vandalized your car back in April of 2007,,?
ED: A few days after my car was vandalized, someone stopped me one night at midnight telling me they saw the person who vandalized my car the night it happened. They said it was a male in a white car. A few days later I received a note saying, "it's a shame you made this up." The note had all the A's capitalized and the other letters lower case. It was the same writing as my car. I interviewed the person who left the note since they left their phone number. His name is Dan. I don't think he vandalized my car, but some people think he did. He's the only suspect I ever had.
The rest of the interview, AFTER THE JUMP.