Street Talk

What impact will the recent victory in D.C. and the defeat in the New York Senate have on the fight for marriage equality?

June Bender
musician | West Philadelphia
“New York is supposed to be liberal, influential, diverse and accepting. A defeat there doesn’t bode well for the future. If that state rejects gay marriage, it definitely hurts the effort.”
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What are you most thankful for in the past year?

Dustin Christofes
barista manager | Queen Village
“The bike lanes on Spruce and Pine streets. I feel much safer biking in the city. In fact, I’m dreaming of the day when an entire street will be set aside for bikers. Cycling is wonderful and should be fully encouraged.”
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Will same-sex marriage in Maine survive the November referendum?

Lindsay Chapman
sales clerk | Queen Village
“Yes. Maine is a pretty liberal state. Gay marriage lost in California partly because of the Republican governor there. He wasn’t very supportive. I think he was one of the negative influences on voters. But in Maine it’s different. The governor is a Democrat. So I’m optimistic gay marriage will survive.”
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Would you attend a concert featuring a known anti-LGBT performer?

Jon Basla
student | South Philadelphia
“No. Words are the most important part in music. Words are very powerful. Often, that’s where the message is conveyed. If there’s a negative message, it would be pointless for me to attend a concert like that. There’s much better music out there, with much better messages.”
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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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