Street Talk

What's your reaction to the Boy Scouts accepting trans boys?

Debbie Drubin
pet sitter | Queen Village
“I think it’s wonderful. If acceptance can start at such a young age, all the better. The kids will all be in uniforms. What difference does it make what’s under their uniforms? I look forward to the day when someone’s gender and gender identity are irrelevant.”
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What LGBT achievement is most at risk under a Trump presidency?

Allie McCausland
project analyst | Bella Vista
“Lifting the bans on conversion therapy throughout the country. His vice president has already shown an interest in doing that. I’m also concerned Trump won’t be supportive of trans people using restrooms appropriate to their gender identity. That issue is definitely going to come up again.”
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Do you agree with President Obama's commutation of Chelsea Manning's sentence?

David Hall
chef/caterer | Fishtown
"Yes. I believe Obama made his decision based on the merits of the case. Obama undoubtedly was aware of the trans issue, but that wasn't the deciding factor. Obama isn't the kind of person to give someone a free pass based on gender identity. It's not in his make-up. He's an honest person."
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Should Donald Trump visit the Pulse Nightclub site?

Cameron Ogle
graphic designer | Washington Square West
"No. He'll just make the situation worse. Trump doesn't have sincerity. His visit would be an act, not from the heart. My personal preference is that Trump doesn't go there. I think he's in over his head."
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What should Michelle Obama do after the White House?

Marie Brooks
maintenance engineer | South Philadelphia
“I’d like her to run for president, but she won’t do that. So I’d like her to host a TV show. She’s a very classy lady, and a great role model for everyone. I’d watch her all day long.”
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Will you attend the Mummers Parade?

Farirai Fundira
Realtor | Fairmount
"No. It's not my thing. I'm from Zimbabwe, Africa. I don't really associate with that crowd. I've got nothing against the parade, and I'm within walking distance [of the parade]. But I don't have any interest in attending."
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What's the most memorable Christmas gift you've given?

Sean DeCastro
contractor | West Philadelphia
"I gave my sister a CD by the Ramones called 'Brain Drain.' You should have seen her face when she opened the gift. She's a devoted fan of the Ramones. It was a pleasure to give her so much joy. That's what the holiday season is all about."

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Is it time for another LGBT March on Washington?

Danielle DiPaolo
account executive | Queen Village
"Yes. We're living in scary times. People are very concerned that hard-fought victories will be stripped away, so I say to do the march sooner rather than later. But coordinate it with allies to give it more impact."
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What should be a priority for the city's Commission on LGBT Affairs?

Erik Backlund
social-science researcher | Gayborhood
"Address LGBT-youth issues. Make sure there's an adequate safety net for LGBT youth in Philadelphia. If we can provide social support for LGBT youth to help them avoid pitfalls such as substance abuse, homelessness and sex work, all the better. Everyone benefits in society."
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