Street Talk

Should the city release the name of a police officer who kills someone in the line of duty?

Tiffany Ferriola
nurse | South Philadelphia
"Yes. I can see both sides of the story, but I think we need transparen-cy, consider-ing all the killings that are happening. It seems like every other day, you turn on the news and somebody has died [due to police], for no reason."
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Should Philadelphia have a trans crosswalk?

Hannah Herrera
restaurant manager | Gayborhood
"I have no problem with it. I don't see why anyone else should have a problem with it. I think it would be a very nice show of support for the trans community. They're having a difficult time under the Trump administration."
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Who's your favorite LGBT television character?

Kelly Haggerty
clerk | Gayborhood
“Titus Andromedon from ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.’ It’s a goofy show but he’s really funny. He takes everything to the extreme. He does parodies that always make me laugh. I’ve binge-watched that show.”
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What should happen to the statue of former Mayor Frank L. Rizzo?

Brycen Beam
barrista/dog walker | West Philadelphia
"The location is problematic. He wasn't very welcoming to every walk of life, so being in front of the Municipal Services Building isn't appropriate. He denied so many people city services when he was mayor. The statue should be junked, in order to make a stand with those he denied."
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What was the highlight of your summer?

Jeyon Brown
peer educator | Chinatown
"I attended an AIDS convention in Center City. It enriched my life. It was exciting and very informative. I learned a lot about the epidemic, and I met lots of new friends from around the world. I plan on keeping in touch through email and by seeing them at future events."
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Should Pennsylvanians have the option of a non-binary birth certificate?

Mercedes Broughton
teacher | Society Hill
"Yes. I realize some state officials might oppose it but I support that option, definitely. A non-binary option wouldn't have to be on every birth certificate issued in Pennsylvania but a birth certificate with that option should be available to someone who specifically requests it."
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What foreign land would you like to visit this summer?

Ennis Carter
executive director | Gayborhood
"Calcutta, India. There's such an amazing culture of spirituality there. I would find that very inspirational. The symbols and art that I would see in that city would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience."
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