Street Talk

What's your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

Lauren Dougherty
nurse | Society Hill
“Green-bean casserole with cream of mushroom soup, fried onions on top sprinkled with breadcrumbs to get an au-gratin effect. I love vegetables. The combination of green beans and mushrooms creates a savory taste.”
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Have you been bullied or bullied someone?

Lilly Bamberi

student | Washington Square West
“I was bullied in elementary school. I had buck teeth and people would call me ‘rabbit.’ That broke my 7-year-old heart. Eventually, I lost the buck teeth, but the experience was awful. I still have bad memories.”
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Are schools doing enough to prevent LGBT suicides?

Evan Bohnenblust
student | Graduate Hospital area
“My focus would be on family, friends and victim advocates. They would be the most effective in preventing a suicide because of their emotional connection to the person. I don’t have a lot of faith in a school’s ability to help. They would just be paying lip service.”
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Should Obama have mentioned the contributions of gay servicemembers in his Iraq speech?

Sean Clark
assistant teacher | Fishtown
“It would have been great if he did, but I’m not going to criticize Obama for not doing that. I fully support the right of gays and lesbians to serve in the military. But there were more pressing issues that Obama needed to address in his speech, like unemployment.”
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Does Ken Mehlman's coming out reflect progress on social issues within the GOP?

Jada Arrington
student | North Philadelphia
“Yes, I think the Republicans are getting more comfortable with diversity. Cheney’s daughter is a lesbian. Sarah Palin’s daughter gave birth out of wedlock. Whether they like it or not, Republicans are being forced to accept diversity. This gentleman is the latest example.”
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Should Obama issue a moratorium on gay military discharges until "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is resolved?

Harry Finnimore
laborer | Rittenhouse Square
“Yes, he should do it now. Sexual preference isn’t a valid reason to prevent someone from serving [in the military]. It’s a waste of time and money to go after gays and lesbians. If Congress decides to keep the policy, then at some point the discharges can begin again. But they shouldn’t be retroactive.”
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Will the overturning of Proposition 8 be upheld in the appellate process?

Drew Hodgson
graphic designer | Los Angeles
“It’s an exciting ruling, and I’m hoping to get married in California with my partner. My heart tells me the ruling will be upheld, but my head tells me otherwise. George W. Bush ensured that the Supreme Court is very conservative. It’s possible that the court will rule against marriage equality, unfortunately."
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