Street Talk

Should the pope issue a formal apology for the Catholic church's treatment of LGBT people?

Livi Barry
barista | Kensington
“Absolutely. He seems more open than past popes. I don’t think it would be a long shot for him to apologize to the LGBT community. I think it would mean a lot to people, even outside of the church. And it wouldn’t cost a dime!”
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Would you attend a White House party while Trump is in office?

Leah Allyson
yoga teacher | Fitler Square
"Yes, I would. I'm always interested in engaging with people with whom I disagree. I would go and try to have a conversation with Trump. I heard he's very charismatic. I'd ask him if he'd consider having a conversation with people of differing opinions."
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What was the top LGBT story for 2017?

Corey Brooker
information tech specialist | Mount Airy
"Trump's ban on transgender people in the military. I'm really inspired by the strength of the opposition to Trump's bigotry. Even though he's attempting to do something reprehensible, the courts and the populace are rejecting his scheme. I find that very encouraging."
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What holiday gift would you like to give President Trump?

Michelle Bowman
information specialist | Kensington
"A copy of the Constitution on audio-cassette. He's too dumb or lazy to read it but if he would only listen to it, maybe he'll learn something. He doesn't seem to know the first thing about the Constitution."
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Could you enjoy a Kevin Spacey movie?

Richard Champagne
barber | North Philadelphia
"Yes. In no way, shape or form do I condone child molestation, but there hasn't been a trial for Kevin Spacey. It's not etched in stone that he's guilty. I go to a movie for its entertainment value. I don't judge the personal lives of actors in a movie. It's not my duty to judge Kevin Spacey."
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Should the Boy Scouts be allowed to reoccupy their Center City headquarters?

Shaquille Brown
marketing specialist | Northeast Philadelphia
"No. Until they make memberships available for everyone, including atheists, they shouldn't be back in the city building. Atheists are taxpayers and citizens just like everyone else. They shouldn't be discriminated against."
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What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?

Chad Adams
musician | West Philadelphia
"My music. I play the mandolin and banjo. I don't make a lot of money but enough to scrape by. At least I'm doing something I love. My music gives me a chance to make new friends. I'm grateful for that."
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