Street Talk

Will same-sex marriage in Maine survive the November referendum?

Lindsay Chapman
sales clerk | Queen Village
“Yes. Maine is a pretty liberal state. Gay marriage lost in California partly because of the Republican governor there. He wasn’t very supportive. I think he was one of the negative influences on voters. But in Maine it’s different. The governor is a Democrat. So I’m optimistic gay marriage will survive.”
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Would you attend a concert featuring a known anti-LGBT performer?

Jon Basla
student | South Philadelphia
“No. Words are the most important part in music. Words are very powerful. Often, that’s where the message is conveyed. If there’s a negative message, it would be pointless for me to attend a concert like that. There’s much better music out there, with much better messages.”
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What's appropriate sex testing for an athletic competition?

Thomas Breslin
architect | West Philadelphia
“Chromosomal testing, which may not answer all the questions but we don’t have a definitive test that can. A chromosomal test wouldn’t be invasive like psychological testing. And I don’t think a person’s psychological make-up would give them an unfair advantage in an athletic competition.”
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What LGBT person should receive the Presidential Medal of Honor?

Ron Condello
waiter | Northern Liberties
“I’d rather pick someone brave, like Mark Bingham or Greg Louganis, not just a famous celebrity. Mark Bingham tried his best to subdue the terrorists on Flight 93. And Greg Louganis came out as an HIV-positive gay man at a very difficult time.”
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Is it valid to compare racism with anti-LGBT bias?

Luke Hefele
cook | Bear, Del.
“It’s best not to compare the two: It’s like apples and oranges. This country oppresses black people on a much greater scale than LGBT folks. Just go to an impoverished ghetto. I don’t think you’ll see many gay people running around.”
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Do you find the phrase "no homo" offensive?

Carol Douglas
secretary | Logan
“Yes. It’s a little too harsh for me. I don’t like the sound of it. I don’t see any reason for abbreviating ‘homosexual’ into ‘homo.’ It shows a lack of respect for the individual. I’d feel bad for any gay person who has to hear that.”
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