Geneva’s Priderant hit with vandalism – again

“We’re ready to start purchasing paint in bulk. Every time they vandalize we will mobilize.”

Geneva’s rainbow-painted fire hydrant, known as the Priderant, has been vandalized for the tenth time, just days after the last repainting.

Belong: Fox Valley co-chair Caleb Anderson said that the hydrant was painted as part of the city’s Art On Fire program. The design was created and painted by Chrissy Swanson.

“She was able to include all of the colors in the progress flag which includes trans folks and people of color,” Anderson said.

Geneva and its mayor have been very supportive. However, since the painting program, the Priderant is the only one that’s been vandalized. The latest vandalism had the top of the hydrant painted black with a gunsight painted on it.

That, however, doesn’t stop the local community from repainting it.

“We’re ready to start purchasing paint in bulk,” Anderson said. “Every time they vandalize we will mobilize. Like our community has always done.”

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