Street Talk

Should trans youth under 18 be permitted to undergo gender-confirmation surgery?

Miriam Baldwin
teacher | Somerville, Mass.
"Yes. For a child who's been living as a different gender since the age of 3, it seems wrong for them to have to wait until they're 18 to have their body correspond with who they are. When they're that clear about their gender identity early on, it's not going to change. I definitely feel this option should be a possibility, on a case-by-case basis."
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Should President Obama have attended Justice Scalia's funeral?

Amanda Brandt
student | Chester
"Well, he did go to the viewing. I give him credit for that. And he's got a million things to do in his day. But he should have gone to both. The fuss he's getting isn't worth the point he made. But I think the Scalia family was a poor sport for not greeting the Obamas at the viewing."
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Should the Oscars be boycotted?

Jake Brams
student | South Philadelphia
"Yes, why not? I think African Americans have been overlooked for far too long at the Oscars. They've given some of the best performances but their talent hasn't been recognized. I'm not going to watch the Oscars this year."
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What's a nice Valentine's Day gift for a single person?

Jess Addams
student | Gayborhood
"An elaborate handmade card, with a dark-chocolate Hershey's kiss attached to it. And there should be a message of love inscribed on the card. It will make the person feel appreciated, special and not alone. I would hope so, anyway."
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Does Kathryn Knott deserve jail time for her involvement in the 2014 Center City gay-bashing incident?

Sonja Bontrager
musician | Lawncrest
"Incarcera-tion would make an example out of her. However, it wouldn't rehabilitate her. She needs lots of sensitivity training, and years of court-ordered therapy. She obviously has some issues to work out. Hopefully, she manages to do that with professional help."

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What's your favorite winter getaway?

Ashish Ahlawat
hairstylist | Society Hill
"Mazzu Picchu. The geography is beautiful, and the climate is great in the winter. You'll have a wonderful time explor-ing ancient ruins. The Amazon Rain Forest is nearby. That's an added attraction. You'll get to see magnificent wildlife."
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Will statewide LGBT-inclusive hate-crimes protections pass in Pennsylvania in 2016?

Michelle Cohen
pet groomer | Bella Vista
"No, I don't think the state legislature is inclined to do that. I also don't think we need it. I'm for LGBT rights, but just enforce what's already on the books. We have enough laws to protect the LGBT community and everyone else. We don't need to be politically correct to that extent."
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