Street Talk

Should President Trump be blamed for the increase in hate crimes?

Jasmine Clark
development consultant | Elkins Park
“No. If someone wants to commit a hate crime, they’re going to do it, regardless of who’s president. If you’re a bad person, you’re going to be a bad person. Trump is a people pleaser. He says what his base wants to hear. I hold him accountable for a lack of scruples, but he hasn’t gone out and shot anyone.”
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Will the milestone achievement of LGBT film "Moonlight" be eclipsed by the Oscar snafu?

Cynthia Kelly
barber | South Philadelphia
“I do think the mishap has taken some of the shine away from the movie. If that didn’t happen, ‘Moonlight’ may have received more recognition as an LGBT achievement. But at least people know that it exists. Maybe they’ll go out to see it. I definitely plan on seeing it.”
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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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