Street Talk

Would a meeting between Caitlyn Jenner and President Trump benefit the LGBT community?

Nikki Krisanda
dancer | Manhattan
“She wouldn’t be my personal choice as spokesperson of the LGBT community. She’s not my fave. She does have name recognition, which could bring more attention to the community, but Caitlyn Jenner is a conservative lady and that gives me concern.”
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Should gun control be on the LGBT community's agenda?

Ivan Aquino
data collector | Statesboro, Ga.
“Yes. But gun control should include arming yourself against violence. People doing nothing are getting shot down. Orlando is a perfect example. A lot of violence is aimed at the LGBT community. I think the LGBT community should arm themselves.”
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Should President Trump be blamed for the increase in hate crimes?

Jasmine Clark
development consultant | Elkins Park
“No. If someone wants to commit a hate crime, they’re going to do it, regardless of who’s president. If you’re a bad person, you’re going to be a bad person. Trump is a people pleaser. He says what his base wants to hear. I hold him accountable for a lack of scruples, but he hasn’t gone out and shot anyone.”
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Will the milestone achievement of LGBT film "Moonlight" be eclipsed by the Oscar snafu?

Cynthia Kelly
barber | South Philadelphia
“I do think the mishap has taken some of the shine away from the movie. If that didn’t happen, ‘Moonlight’ may have received more recognition as an LGBT achievement. But at least people know that it exists. Maybe they’ll go out to see it. I definitely plan on seeing it.”
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Should city workers be asked to voluntarily offer their LGBT status for diversity tracking?

Charvelle Holder
model | Los Angeles
"No, I think that's too intrusive. It's applying pressure on somebody that shouldn't have that pressure. I understand why the city would want to track race and gender. But LGBT is going too far. I don't see the need to know."
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What's your reaction to the Boy Scouts accepting trans boys?

Debbie Drubin
pet sitter | Queen Village
“I think it’s wonderful. If acceptance can start at such a young age, all the better. The kids will all be in uniforms. What difference does it make what’s under their uniforms? I look forward to the day when someone’s gender and gender identity are irrelevant.”
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What LGBT achievement is most at risk under a Trump presidency?

Allie McCausland
project analyst | Bella Vista
“Lifting the bans on conversion therapy throughout the country. His vice president has already shown an interest in doing that. I’m also concerned Trump won’t be supportive of trans people using restrooms appropriate to their gender identity. That issue is definitely going to come up again.”
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