Street Talk

What was the highlight of your summer?

Jeyon Brown
peer educator | Chinatown
"I attended an AIDS convention in Center City. It enriched my life. It was exciting and very informative. I learned a lot about the epidemic, and I met lots of new friends from around the world. I plan on keeping in touch through email and by seeing them at future events."
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Should Pennsylvanians have the option of a non-binary birth certificate?

Mercedes Broughton
teacher | Society Hill
"Yes. I realize some state officials might oppose it but I support that option, definitely. A non-binary option wouldn't have to be on every birth certificate issued in Pennsylvania but a birth certificate with that option should be available to someone who specifically requests it."
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What foreign land would you like to visit this summer?

Ennis Carter
executive director | Gayborhood
"Calcutta, India. There's such an amazing culture of spirituality there. I would find that very inspirational. The symbols and art that I would see in that city would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience."
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What's your opinion of Ellen DeGeneres cancelling Kim Burrell's appearance on her show?

Jessica Batton
maintenance engineer | South Philadelphia
"I love Ellen. I totally support her sexuality, but she could have been a better sport and heard the girl out. Censorship doesn't solve anything. I think a dialogue between the two ladies could have been handled well, with them talking to each other respectfully."
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Should the names of jurors in the Bill Cosby trial be released to the media?

Leah Bush
doctoral student | Baltimore, Md.
"No, not in this age of social media. Social media will harass and stalk them to no end. I can't get behind that. However, it would be nice if we could get a breakdown of the vote — not by naming the jurors, just by their juror number. In a free society, we have a right to at least that much information."
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