Street Talk

What's the next accomplishment for the LGBT community?

Tom Zylkin
data specialist | Washington Square West
“New Jersey will enact same-sex marriage rights. It’s a very liberal state. People there are college-educated, for the most part, and can grasp the issue. It’s not a state that’s filled with Bible Belt conservatives. Residents tend to be sensitive to things like the environment and human rights.”
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Would you ever use the Internet to find a date?

Greg Laucella
student | South Philadelphia
“No. I’m not going out of my way to find a partner. I just go about my daily routine, and if I meet someone, fine. I wouldn’t put myself out there on the Internet. It’s just not my thing.”
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Should people take condom advice from the pope?

Estevan Dominguez
student | Northeast Philadelphia
“No, I wouldn’t recommend going to the pope for that kind of advice. He’ll take the religious viewpoint, which doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with protecting someone’s health. It’s true that condoms can fail, but usually they don’t. People should use them.”
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What would you do as a job of last resort?

Henry Cirilo
salesperson | Germantown section
“I’d be a paper boy, as long as the newspapers still remain in business. I like the outdoors, and it would be good exercise. I’m a sports fan. I could read the sports pages while delivering the papers.”
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Will President Obama be able to end the ban on openly gay servicemembers?

Paul Bianchi
workers’ compensation coordinator | South Philadelphia
“I have my doubts. He has so many other things on his plate. He needs to establish a proven track record on the policies he’s already implemented before he branches out into gays and the military. Of course, I hope he’s successful in repealing the policy.”
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Will LGBT-inclusive hate-crimes legislation reduce the violence?

Jack Connell
fishmonger | South Philadelphia
“Yes. Normally I feel the fewer laws, the better. But in this case I think it’s a good thing. But the law should be fully implemented. Hate crimes harm the entire queer community. I also think the court should allow community-impact statements at sentencing.”
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Will 'Milk' win an Oscar for Best Picture?

Jordan Miller
tattoo artist | Ambler
“I’ll say yes. The time is right for the Academy to go out on a limb and pick a gay film [for Best Picture]. Sean Penn is a very good actor. Giving ‘Milk’ the award would be a nice way to honor Heath Ledger because ‘Brokeback Mountain’ was passed over for Best Picture [three] years ago.”
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What do you hate most about Valentine's Day?

Dominique Schroom
store owner | Society Hill
“It’s too hyped and commercialized. We just went through that during Christmas. Why start it up all over again two months later? Fortunately, I’m in a relationship. But single people must really feel left out.”
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Should private schools be allowed to expel LGBT students?

Cassidi Ballou
counter technician | Brookhaven
“Yes. Let the school show its true colors. At least people will see what they’re all about — how completely wrong they are. Then, efforts can be made to have other students voluntarily withdraw. I wouldn’t shed a tear if [the school] shuts down.”
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