Street Talk

Would you ever purposely out someone?

Angelo Ciurlino
stock clerk | Washington Square West
“Generally speaking, no. I can keep a secret. But if I found out about a politician who’s really giving gay people a hard time, I’d probably post the information on the Internet. I know gay people go through a lot. If I can lend a helping hand — fine.”
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Should video cameras be permitted at the Proposition 8 trial?

Scott Cauvel
flight attendant | Society Hill
“Yes. Educating the public on this controversial issue is to everyone’s benefit. I realize the need for judicial decorum but it’s up to the judge to have controls in place to prevent a circus atmosphere. It shouldn’t get to the point where either party would be offended.”
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Should the U.S. Census include a specific question about sexual orientation?

Jose Aguiar

claims analyst | Washington Square West
“If you can guarantee some level of privacy, I don’t see a problem with it being asked. Ideally, it would all be done through the mail. If a census worker visits the home, they shouldn’t ask the questions. They should just give the questionnaire to the person. Let the person fill it out, and seal it.”
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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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