Street Talk

What's appropriate sex testing for an athletic competition?

Thomas Breslin
architect | West Philadelphia
“Chromosomal testing, which may not answer all the questions but we don’t have a definitive test that can. A chromosomal test wouldn’t be invasive like psychological testing. And I don’t think a person’s psychological make-up would give them an unfair advantage in an athletic competition.”
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What LGBT person should receive the Presidential Medal of Honor?

Ron Condello
waiter | Northern Liberties
“I’d rather pick someone brave, like Mark Bingham or Greg Louganis, not just a famous celebrity. Mark Bingham tried his best to subdue the terrorists on Flight 93. And Greg Louganis came out as an HIV-positive gay man at a very difficult time.”
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Is it valid to compare racism with anti-LGBT bias?

Luke Hefele
cook | Bear, Del.
“It’s best not to compare the two: It’s like apples and oranges. This country oppresses black people on a much greater scale than LGBT folks. Just go to an impoverished ghetto. I don’t think you’ll see many gay people running around.”
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Do you find the phrase "no homo" offensive?

Carol Douglas
secretary | Logan
“Yes. It’s a little too harsh for me. I don’t like the sound of it. I don’t see any reason for abbreviating ‘homosexual’ into ‘homo.’ It shows a lack of respect for the individual. I’d feel bad for any gay person who has to hear that.”
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Is marriage an inalienable right?

Wes DeMarco
graphic designer | Tampa, Fla.
“Personally, I don’t understand all the assimilation. I don’t need a certificate to legitimize my relationship. I don’t want any control by the state, at all. People have the right to relationships of their choice, as long as they’re not hurting anyone else.”
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Has Obama followed through on his LGBT promises?

Becca Holloway
student | Wilmington, Del.
“No, he’s not doing as much as he should. LGBT issues are a hot potato for him, and he’s waiting for it to cool down. But he should face it now. He seems more worried about securing his reelection rather than doing the right thing.”
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Are all gay-marriage opponents bigots?

Jeremy Tan
medical student | East Falls
"No. I try not to judge other people until I hear what they have to say. It would take a lot on their part to convince me that they're not a bigot, but I'm always open to listening. I'd give them that option."
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