Street Talk

Are jokes told at the expense of the LGBT community OK in a public forum?

Raven Davis
student | Pittsburgh
“No. It’s already a sensitive subject that causes people a lot of strife. It’s all about the Golden Rule: Treat others as you would want to be treated. Or as we learned in kindergarten: If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”
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Is glitter-bombing an effective form of protest?

Holly Jackson
teacher | Mt. Airy
“Yes, because it grabs people’s attention. That’s the first step to bring about change. If I saw someone glitter-bombed on the news, I’d be laughing so hard. It’s better than throwing a shoe at someone.”
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Did Rick Santorum’s anti-LGBT stance help him in Iowa?

Morgan Chambers
sales associate | South Philadelphia
“I hope I’m right in saying no. Those ideas are outdated. I would hope it’s a negative for a candidate to be anti-LGBT. I’m an optimistic person. It doesn’t help a candidate to pander to people’s prejudices.”
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What's your New Year's resolution?

Emily Afflito
barrista | South Philadelphia
“Take my vitamins regularly. My parents insist that will keep me healthy. I’m 23 years old, and my parents still tell me what to do. They just want me to be healthy. They’re very concerned about my well-being. And [they’re] supportive emotionally.”
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Who’s the LGBT person of the year?

Jason Boyles
architecture intern | Queen Village
“Neil Patrick Harris. He’s a gifted actor, with great charisma. He truly deserved getting his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I think it’s great that he came out of the closet, even though he would inevitably be ridiculed.”
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Should a child be given an opportunity to confront an anti-LGBT politician?

Alice Bogen
student | Napier, New Zealand
“Yes, even if they’re doing it with the encouragement of an adult. It’s part of the growth experience. It’s not child abuse — it’s an extension of the child’s upbringing. Most kids don’t make their own decisions all the time, without guidance from an adult.”
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What's the top LGBT story of 2011?

Michael Lindner
architectural designer | South Philadelphia
“The response to anti-LGBT bullying. It’s gratifying to see the problem being addressed in media outlets across the country, like NPR. Bullying is terrible. Nobody should be subjected to that kind of behavior, including LGBT youngsters, who already have so much to deal with.”
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What's the top LGBT story of 2011

Kelly Arnold
student | Center City
“Chaz Bono on ‘Dancing With The Stars.’ I roomed with a transman last year. It sensitized me to the issues the community faces. For Chaz to come out on national TV was quite impressive. Public awareness is so important.”
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Will same-sex marriage be a decisive issue in the 2012 election?

Michelle Miller
student | Washington Square West
“No. The Republicans realize it’s becoming more accepted. Obama won’t use it as a huge position to get reelected, but he’ll make it a side issue, depending on his audience, and the part of the country he’s speaking to. He’s a very good politician.”
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Will you be shopping on Thanksgiving?

Noah Currence
student | Center City
“Yes, if there was something I really needed. Or if my mother asked me to join her. I’m not against shopping on Thanksgiving. There can be a mix of activities. It doesn’t have to be [spent] exclusively with family. I’d go to a movie with a friend, too.”
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