Street Talk

Is it fair to label an anti-LGBT group a hate group?

Matthew Ferry
student | Washington Square West
“Well, that’s a bit of a stretch. The term is usually associated with neo-Nazis and Klansmen, because they promote violence. Most anti-LGBT groups don’t call for violence. But they do promote intolerance. So yes, I think it’s fair to call them hate groups.”
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Should Obama resign as honorary president of the Boy Scouts of America?

Andrew Beacham
cook | South Philadelphia
“No. He should try to change their [antigay] policy from within. I strongly oppose the Scouts’ exclusion of gays. The Scouts definitely should change their policy. But at least Obama doesn’t personally support [the policy]. If he did, he should resign as president of the United States.”
 
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What haven’t you done this summer that you would like to do before Labor Day?

Allison Coulter
housecleaner | West Philadelphia
“Go to the Delaware Water Gap. They have the tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania. Its nickname is ‘Niagara Falls of Pennsylvania.’ Just being there is very grounding and soothing, with the mist getting in your face. A great way to cool off on a hot summer day.”
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What’s the impact of Sally Ride coming out in her obituary?

Mark Schwartz
pet-care specialist | South Philadelphia
“I have mixed feelings. Her method [of coming out] gives the impression she wasn’t accepting of her sexuality. It would have been better if she came out earlier. But she was a highly respected woman in America. So making people aware of her sexual orientation — even in an obituary — does have a helpful impact.”
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Would you eat at Chick-fil-A, knowing it opposes marriage equality?

Tania Jones
certified nursing assistant | Upper Darby
“No. I do like chicken. And it would be a sacrifice to avoid Chick-fil-A. But I don’t want to support discrimin-ation. It’s that simple. I believe that everybody should have the right to marry the person of their choice.”
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What will be the impact of a lesbian Super PAC?

Samantha Coran
graduate student | Manayunk
“It will be a perfect way to help ensure gender equality. My guess is that they’ll challenge the ultrasound legislation cropping up around the country. If I were a lesbian, I’d want to challenge those laws. They violate a women’s right to control her body.”
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What’s the impact of : Anderson Cooper’s coming out?

George Bullen
pet sitter | Rittenhouse Square
“His coming out will help normalize queer people, I hope. But in my humble opinion, his sexual orientation is an insignificant fact. It should only be of interest to someone who’s involved romantically with him.”
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Would you ever use an HIV in-home test kit?

Gregory Hicks
medical-records clerk | Northeast Philadelphia
“Yes. It’s the wise thing to do. I’m a private person. I don’t want anyone else getting into my business. And it’s for a good cause, because people need to know their situation. That helps reduce the spread of the epidemic.”
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What freedom do you value most in America?

Rachel Berger
teacher’s assistant | Lower Merion
“Freedom of religion. I was in France not long ago — everything was oriented to the Catholic religion, even though there’s a growing Muslim population. There was very little acceptance of religious diversity. It’s much better here, in that regard.”
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Will the Scouts change their policy to let local councils accept gays?

Andrew George
furniture designer | Bella Vista
“I’d guess within five years. It’s still such a verboten subject. With all the priest abuse going on, it’s a very touchy issue. When the Scouts finally change their policy, I think it will be a gradual process. First, they’ll phase in gay adults. Then they’ll let gay youth join the organization.”“I’d guess within five years. It’s still such a verboten subject. With all the priest abuse going on, it’s a very touchy issue. When the Scouts finally change their policy, I think it will be a gradual process. First, they’ll phase in gay adults. Then they’ll let gay youth join the organization.”
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