Street Talk

What's your ideal Valentine's Day gift?

Chad Blomquist

physical-therapy student | Newark, Del.
“A back massage from my girlfriend. I like the personal touch. And she’s very sensitive to my needs. She has an awesome technique.”
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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 should new District Attorney Seth Williams' priority be?

Mark Eckenrode
traveling nurse | Washington Square West
“Witness protection would be nice. I think it’s important so prosecutors have the ability to secure convictions. Many witnesses are afraid to come forward and testify and cases fall apart, criminals go free.”
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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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