Street Talk

What vacation spot did you enjoy visiting over the summer?

Victoria Dickson
personal trainer | Old City
"Mackinac Island in Northern Michigan. It's restorative. You can stay at the Grand Hotel. It's very expensive, but worth the money. They have a croquet court, pool and afternoon tea, every day. From there, I'd suggest a trip to Harbor Springs. You can go skydiving, boating, golfing, tennis. Any type of outdoor activity, you can find there."


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Should trans folks be allowed to change the gender on their birth certificate prior to gender-reassignment surgery?

Ara Brancamp
social worker | Queen Village
"Yes. It's nobody's business what genitals you have. You should be able to identify as the gender of your choice, regardless of your anatomy. I think the opposition is either due to mean-spiritedness or lack of education."
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Should Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane resign?

Kate Collins
financial analyst | Society Hill
"No. Somebody has to do the job, and she seems determined to do it. Of course, if she's found guilty, she'll have to leave. But meanwhile, she should continue doing the job she was elected to do."
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Do you think the pope will meet with a local LGBT contingent?

Ryan Landes
bartender | Queen Village
"No, I really don't think so. I don't think his schedule will permit it. And he doesn't need the publicity. It's not something he needs to do. Two-million Catholics are coming out to see him in Philly. He doesn't need an LGBT following."
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Will you watch "I Am Cait"?

Aracely Alicea
retail manager | Northeast Philadelphia
"Yes. I find Caitlyn Jenner's transition very interesting. I'd like to see how she's coping with it, and how her family is coping with it. But I hope the Kardashian clan doesn't dominate the show. It should be about Caitlyn and her transition."
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Will marriage equality help or hurt the push for an LGBT civil-rights bill?

Blair Ago
website director | Fishtown
"Temporarily, there will be a backlash that will hurt. Of course, some politicians will be vin-dictive, but the ultimate outcome will be accept-ance. You can't tell people who they can or cannot love. We'll have a national LGBT civil-rights law within the next few years."
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What lesbian should be on the new $10 bill?

Mark A. Davis
mental-health activist | Queen Village
"Barbara Gittings. As a pioneer, she did something great for our communities by challenging the American Psychiatric Association to eliminate homosexuality as a mental disorder. I shall forever try to follow in her footsteps."
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What's your opinion of Obama's White House heckler?

Paul Ducharme
bartender | Washington Square
"I think it's to be expected. As a political figure, you have to have thick skin. As long as the heckling has a political message and isn't a personal attack, it's OK. But Obama saying 'This is my house' was unfortunate. It's the people's house."
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