Barrington holds panel discussion on supporting LGBTQ community

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BARRINGTON — Barrington held a panel discussion on how to support the LGBTQ community in response to anti-LGBTQ vandalism last month.

There had been another anti-LGBTQ incident in the village in December 2018.

The Daily Herald of Arlington Heights reported that about 75 people showed up at the discussion at the Barrington Area Library. The mother of the teen targeted in the June vandalism incident talked about the harrassment her daughter had received before the vandalism followed by the outpouring of support afterwards.

The panel included Barrington Trustee Emily Young, former library board Trustee Barbara Pintozzi, Equality of Illinois Director of Civic Engagement Anthony Galloway, and County Commissioner Kevin Morrison.

From the Daily Herald:

Pintozzi said she’s trying to create a more welcoming atmosphere in the village for the LGBTQ community, in part by starting Barrington Pride. Before losing re-election to her library board seat in April, she pushed for the first LGBTQ book club at the library for young adults that recognized Pride Month in June.

Groups such as Barrington Pride should involve the entire community, Pintozzi said.

“In addition to what traditional pride groups do, it might be a good idea if this pride group could do maybe some fundraising, like a donation to a food pantry in the name of the pride group, or maybe have a Halloween decoration contest for the entire area just to show that they’re just people,” she said.

Morrison said while there seems to be more progress in LGBTQ acceptance in the Northwest suburbs, he’s willing to speak at schools in his district about how he was bullied when he was a child.

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