Barrington holds panel discussion on supporting LGBTQ community

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.

Barrington home hit by possible anti-LGBTQ hate crime

BARRINGTON — The home of an out gay student in Barrington was the target of vandalism on May 31. Police are investigating it as a hate crime. The Daily Herald of Arlington Heights reported that Scott Nelles told police that several hundred plastic forks were placed randomly on his family’s lawn and a for-sale sign left against a tree near the street. The sign had a suicide prevention hotline number, an obscenity and “KYS,” reportedly an acronym for kill yourself. Nelles’s daughter is an out lesbian at Barrington High School.

Anti-LGBTQ incident in Barrington has silver lining

BARRINGTON — A lesbian couple in this northwestern suburb of Chicago was the victim of anti-LGBTQ vandalism recently, but found more community than they thought afterwards. WGN-TV reported that Casey Handel and Zadette Rosado had their Pride flag stolen from their backyard flag pole two weeks ago and replaced with the U.S. flag. They were surprised and upset at the theft. But something good happened next. From WGN:
Word got around the neighborhood and it was more than one of their neighbors, Kim Filian, could bear.