“OUT in the Berkshires” is a Weeklong Celebration of LGBT Events, October 9-15 [Berkshire on Stage]

OUT in the Berkshires

“FagBug Nation”: In-Progress Screening
Film screening at The Beacon Cinema
Wednesday, October 9 | 5 p.m. | Free
Q&A with filmmaker following the screening
57 North Street, Pittsfield, MA

On April 18, 2007, Erin Davies’ Volkswagen Beetle was tagged with the words “fag” and “u r gay” on the driver’s side and hood of her car. Rather than get it fixed, she decided to embrace what happened by keeping the graffiti on her car for one year to evoke a dialogue with the general public about homophobia. Not only did she want America to see the spray painted words, she wanted help coming up with a solution. Erin planned a 58-day cross-country trip in her car now known worldwide as the “Fagbug” and produced an award winning documentary about the adventure that is now on Netflix, itunes, Hulu, and in libraries all around the country. After driving the car for a year, Erin decided to give the car a make-over. She now tours with her rainbow Volkswagen Beetle speaking at universities across North America. She’s been to over 250 schools (including Yale and Cornell University) to bring awareness about hate crimes and to confront homophobia. Erin’s been a guest on NPR, received sponsorship from VW of America & HD Radio, has been featured on ABC News, Newsweek, BBC and Vanity Fair. Her new film, “FagBug Nation,” will be released as a finished piece in February, 2014.

BCC Forum: National Coming Out Day
Thursday, October 10 | 12:15 p.m. | Free
Berkshire Community College, K111
1350 West St Pittsfield, MA

PRIDE BCC and the Diversity Committee are sponsoring a panel of students and community members who will share their “coming out” stories. There will also be time for audience sharing and questions. Sponsored by the Committee for Diversity and PRIDE BCC. Forum credit available.

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