Street Talk

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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What's your opinion of Ellen DeGeneres cancelling Kim Burrell's appearance on her show?

Jessica Batton
maintenance engineer | South Philadelphia
"I love Ellen. I totally support her sexuality, but she could have been a better sport and heard the girl out. Censorship doesn't solve anything. I think a dialogue between the two ladies could have been handled well, with them talking to each other respectfully."
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