Street Talk

Would a boycott of Hawaii help bring about civil unions?

Michael Anticoli
server | South Philadelphia
“No, it would be a waste of time. People wouldn’t pay attention, with everything else going on in the world. It wouldn’t get much publicity. Also, the oil spill limits our options for a vacation. Hawaii is still a viable option.”
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Should minority rights be subject to voter referendum?

Maurice Gooding

furniture installer | Southwest Philadelphia
“Yes. I do support voters’ rights, and government of the people. I just don’t like it when gay rights are trampled on. But that’s the way it is. The harder we push, the harder the right wing will push back. We have to learn to live with it.”
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Who is the biggest impediment to LGBT rights?

Rose Koslosky
student | Manayunk
“Sarah Palin. She’s a very visible woman who opposes same-sex marriage. I consider her to be a political puppet of the right wing. For the most part, she doesn’t know what she’s talking about. I just wish she’d open up to the LGBT people, because her policies are affecting them.”
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What's your ideal summer getaway?

Tonya Bridges
job coach | Mt. Airy
“Bermuda. I’m craving the beach, the clear blue ocean. Philly is getting on my nerves. I’ve been praying I’ll get to Bermuda before the [Gulf Coast] oil spill does. The news has been awful. It’s very upsetting.”
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Is Elena Kagan's sexual orientation of any interest to you?

Maureen Belluscio
graduate student | Society Hill
“No, because I have nothing to do with her sexuality. In the broader perspective, if she is a lesbian, I’d like to see her come out. She’d be a valuable role model for the younger generation. But I hate that we live in a world where being lesbian is seen as a negative.”
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When, if ever, is it appropriate to ban a book from a high-school library?

James Dawson
landscaper | Baltimore
“It takes a lot to offend me. So I’ll say it’s never appropriate. If the book has made it onto the library shelf, it must have some educational value. If a kid stumbles on something they find offensive — that’s life. Maybe they’ll learn something of value.”
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Is there any place in America where it's advantageous to be an LGBT candidate?

Jeffrey Cesari
creative director | Graduate Hospital area
“Right here in Center City. Absolutely. The LGBT community is very active and politically aware, with a strong support system. People can identity with an openly LGBT candidate. It’s that personal connection that many voters would feel.”
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Will the Scouts ever be evicted from their city-owned building?

Krista Apple
actor/writer | South Philadelphia
“If I were a betting girl — which I’m not — I’d say the city eventually will let the Scouts alone or reach a compromise that will allow the Scouts to stay. I say this because there’s a whole can of worms that goes along with evicting the Scouts. The city just isn’t ready for that.”
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