Street Talk

What's your reaction to the recent Yale sleeping-student incident?

Elena Karmazin
radio producer | Fairmount
“I can’t wrap my head around it. People fall asleep in common areas of dorms all the time. The person who called police definitely overreacted. She was 100 percent in the wrong. It would be different if a 50-year-old man were sleeping in the common area. That might have been a valid reason for concern. But in this case, it was another young student.”
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Will you vote in Pennsylvania's May 15 primary election?

Melvin Anderson
construction worker | West Oak Lane
"Yes. I'm a Democrat. I'll do everything in my power to make sure Democrats are in office. I don't like Republicans, especially Trump. He's making a mockery of the presidency. In my opinion, he's very bad for the country."
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Are you boycotting Starbucks?

Kyle Chvasta
social worker | South Philadelphia
"Yes, I'm definitely going to boycott Starbucks. It's been shown that what happened in Philly wasn't an isolated incident. And Starbucks isn't pro-workers' rights. The pay is bad and people are overworked."
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What's your feeling about trans people serving in the military?

Jessica Anelli
marketing director | Northeast Philadelphia
"Trans people have the same rights as anyone else to do whatever they want. I think Trump is misdirected in most of his decisions, especially this one. I fully support the LGBT community, especially transgender people. They've been persecuted long enough."
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What do you think of entertainment figures running for office, such as Cynthia Nixon running for governor of New York?

Zachary Hughes-Summers
student | Germantown
“As long as they understand what they’re getting into and have a plan to make the world a better place, I’m all for it. If Donald Trump can be president, why can’t an entertainer be president? And don’t forget Ronald Reagan. He was an actor before going into politics.”
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Does the CEO of Mazzoni Center have to be LGBT to lead the agency effectively?

Daniel Bowles
personal trainer | Lawrenceville, N.J.
“Let’s be fair. Turning down someone simply because of their sexual preference or gender identity is discrimination. You have to look at the talent and intentions of the person. After all, this is America and everyone deserves an equal opportunity for employment.”
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Should there be an LGBT contingent in Trump's military parade in November?

Kathleen Caldwell
student | Center City
"I have mixed feelings. I disagree with a lot of Trump's policies, especially his dealings with minority groups. But he is our president. And we can't ignore him. If there's an LGBT military contingent that wants to march, they have my wholehearted support. Actually, the recognition could be beneficial to the concept of LGBT equality in the military."
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Would you vote for a candidate that accepted money from the NRA?

Imtiaz Alam
teacher | Gayborhood
"No. Gun violence is very prevalent in society. The NRA isn't helping to prevent deaths from gun violence. Therefore, I'd never vote for anyone who has anything to do with the NRA. The NRA has a lot of power. I'd like to see the NRA use their power for good."
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Who's your favorite lesbian in history?

Edward Beckerman
house painter | Novato, Calif.
“Moms Mabley. She was a funny woman. I have all of her albums. When I die, my children will get them. I need humor to get by in life. And Moms Mabley always made me laugh.”
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