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Should Brendan Eich have resigned as CEO of Mozilla because of his 2008 opposition to marriage equality?
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<b>Miyumi Fair</b><br />
student<br />
Lansdowne<br />
“Yes, he needed to go. True, this is America; you’re entitled to free speech. But some things you just don’t do if you’re a public figure. Being against marriage equality is one of those things.”
Miyumi Fair
student
Lansdowne
“Yes, he needed to go. True, this is America; you’re entitled to free speech. But some things you just don’t do if you’re a public figure. Being against marriage equality is one of those things.”
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<b>Margie Martino</b><br />
singer/songwriter<br />
South Philadelphia<br />
“Yes. That mindset is outdated. If you’re going to hold an important position in a company, you should be open-minded. If you can’t accept all segments of society, then don’t deal with people. In this day and age, his views are completely unacceptable.”
Margie Martino
singer/songwriter
South Philadelphia
“Yes. That mindset is outdated. If you’re going to hold an important position in a company, you should be open-minded. If you can’t accept all segments of society, then don’t deal with people. In this day and age, his views are completely unacceptable.”
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<b>Georgia Vass</b><br />
homemaker<br />
Lafayette Hill<br />
“Yes. I don’t think people who hold positions that shape public opinion should be able to discriminate. He took the public’s money and spent it for a discriminatory reason. That’s unacceptable. If he kept his opinions private, it would be different. I’d have some sympathy for him.”
Georgia Vass
homemaker
Lafayette Hill
“Yes. I don’t think people who hold positions that shape public opinion should be able to discriminate. He took the public’s money and spent it for a discriminatory reason. That’s unacceptable. If he kept his opinions private, it would be different. I’d have some sympathy for him.”
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<b>Brendan Vise</b><br />
bartender<br />
Point Breeze<br />
“Yes. His views are unfair. I agree he has a right to his views. But the LGBT community also has a right to speak out about those views. And the market spoke. It was a business decision.”
Brendan Vise
bartender
Point Breeze
“Yes. His views are unfair. I agree he has a right to his views. But the LGBT community also has a right to speak out about those views. And the market spoke. It was a business decision.”
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Do you agree with ProgressNow’s designation of Gov. Tom Corbett as one of the most radical right-wingers in the country?
Apr 10, 2014 | 592 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
<b>Kareema A’Haamid</b><br />
early-childhood educator<br />
North Philadelphia<br />
“No. That’s an overstate-ment. He’s not one of the worst right-wingers in the country, but he’s up there. He hasn’t taken the opportunity to gain an understand-ing of the needs of young people. I just wish he’d be more open to the needs of all members of society.”
Kareema A’Haamid
early-childhood educator
North Philadelphia
“No. That’s an overstate-ment. He’s not one of the worst right-wingers in the country, but he’s up there. He hasn’t taken the opportunity to gain an understand-ing of the needs of young people. I just wish he’d be more open to the needs of all members of society.”
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<b>Maria Dieters</b><br />
student<br />
West Philadelphia<br />
“No. He’s OK. He’s not Mr. Tea Party. He’s fiscally conservative but socially liberal. He supports an LGBT civil-rights bill in Pennsyl-vania. I give him credit for that. For a Republican to do that, it’s pretty significant.”
Maria Dieters
student
West Philadelphia
“No. He’s OK. He’s not Mr. Tea Party. He’s fiscally conservative but socially liberal. He supports an LGBT civil-rights bill in Pennsyl-vania. I give him credit for that. For a Republican to do that, it’s pretty significant.”
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<b>John Hill</b><br />
accountant<br />
Glen Lyon<br />
“Yes. I don’t like what’s been coming out of his mouth. How can he cut education when that’s the basis for our future? It was ridiculous for him to compare two guys being together to incest. He’s at the top of my list as the worst right-winger in the country.”
John Hill
accountant
Glen Lyon
“Yes. I don’t like what’s been coming out of his mouth. How can he cut education when that’s the basis for our future? It was ridiculous for him to compare two guys being together to incest. He’s at the top of my list as the worst right-winger in the country.”
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<b>Richard Stahley</b><br />
interior designer<br />
Allentown<br />
“Yes. He’s a very ignorant person. He’s out of touch with the majority of the country. I feel very confident that he won’t be re-elected. His karma is too bad for that. What you put out in the world, you get back.”
Richard Stahley
interior designer
Allentown
“Yes. He’s a very ignorant person. He’s out of touch with the majority of the country. I feel very confident that he won’t be re-elected. His karma is too bad for that. What you put out in the world, you get back.”
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Does the term “homosexual” have a negative connotation?
Apr 03, 2014 | 539 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
<b>Tashina Byrd</b><br />
guest-services representative<br />
Upper Darby<br />
“No. It’s not negative, just like heterosexual isn’t negative. It’s not a word that would be used as a rallying cry for LGBT rights. But it’s useful as a descriptive term.”
Tashina Byrd
guest-services representative
Upper Darby
“No. It’s not negative, just like heterosexual isn’t negative. It’s not a word that would be used as a rallying cry for LGBT rights. But it’s useful as a descriptive term.”
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<b>Grace Delaney</b><br />
dog walker<br />
South Philadelphia<br />
“Unfortun-ately, yes. It still has the historical baggage of being used as a put-down of the LGBT community. Until it doesn’t have that historical baggage, it should be used with caution.”
Grace Delaney
dog walker
South Philadelphia
“Unfortun-ately, yes. It still has the historical baggage of being used as a put-down of the LGBT community. Until it doesn’t have that historical baggage, it should be used with caution.”
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<b>Brady Kilgannon</b><br />
student<br />
Antique Row<br />
“No. The word is scientific, and I don’t think it’s offensive. There are so many worse things you could be called. If someone feels offended by the word, they’re not being sensitive to other people’s perspective — which isn’t necessarily hostile.”
Brady Kilgannon
student
Antique Row
“No. The word is scientific, and I don’t think it’s offensive. There are so many worse things you could be called. If someone feels offended by the word, they’re not being sensitive to other people’s perspective — which isn’t necessarily hostile.”
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<b>Marilyn MacGregor</b><br />
artist<br />
South Philadelphia<br />
“No. It’s a perfectly fine word. If people attribute negative connotations to ‘homo-sexual,’ it has more to do with their attitude rather than the word itself.”
Marilyn MacGregor
artist
South Philadelphia
“No. It’s a perfectly fine word. If people attribute negative connotations to ‘homo-sexual,’ it has more to do with their attitude rather than the word itself.”
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What’s your favorite outdoor activity in the spring?
Mar 27, 2014 | 691 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
<b>Beatrice Arreola</b><br />
civil engineer<br />
Andorra<br />
“Fishing. I go down to Delaware with my mother, to a secluded pond. We spend quality time together fishing. It gives us a chance to talk about things, away from the stress of the city. We eat the fish that we catch, too.”
Beatrice Arreola
civil engineer
Andorra
“Fishing. I go down to Delaware with my mother, to a secluded pond. We spend quality time together fishing. It gives us a chance to talk about things, away from the stress of the city. We eat the fish that we catch, too.”
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<b>Nike Munz</b><br />
student<br />
Bensalem<br />
“Going to an outdoor concert, where I can dance freely and get into the flow of the music. I love music. I’m part of my high school’s marching band and color guard.”
Nike Munz
student
Bensalem
“Going to an outdoor concert, where I can dance freely and get into the flow of the music. I love music. I’m part of my high school’s marching band and color guard.”
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<b>Lindsey Piccone</b><br />
student<br />
Bensalem<br />
“Skateboard-ing or just going for long walks. If the weather is warm enough, I can walk for five hours at a stretch. I hate the cold [weather]. I can’t wait to go out and walk anywhere just to commune with nature.”
Lindsey Piccone
student
Bensalem
“Skateboard-ing or just going for long walks. If the weather is warm enough, I can walk for five hours at a stretch. I hate the cold [weather]. I can’t wait to go out and walk anywhere just to commune with nature.”
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<b>Joseph Sorrels</b><br />
tea distributor<br />
Roxborough<br />
“Paintball shooting. It’s really a lot of fun. It’s a mixture of playing Army and playing catch. You shoot pellets with your paintball gun at the opposing team. It has an edge of danger to it but it’s still safe to do. Everyone wears protective gear.”
Joseph Sorrels
tea distributor
Roxborough
“Paintball shooting. It’s really a lot of fun. It’s a mixture of playing Army and playing catch. You shoot pellets with your paintball gun at the opposing team. It has an edge of danger to it but it’s still safe to do. Everyone wears protective gear.”
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Is it appropriate for a non-trans actor to be cast in a transgender role?
Mar 20, 2014 | 762 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
<b>Elise Beilin</b><br />
communications consultant<br />
Manayunk<br />
“Yes. Trans-gender actors don’t want to be limited, so why limit non-transgender actors? There may not be a large pool of transgender actors to choose from, when the movie is being made. But I do think the [non-trans] actor should seek out a transgender consultant for assistance in doing a realistic portrayal.”
Elise Beilin
communications consultant
Manayunk
“Yes. Trans-gender actors don’t want to be limited, so why limit non-transgender actors? There may not be a large pool of transgender actors to choose from, when the movie is being made. But I do think the [non-trans] actor should seek out a transgender consultant for assistance in doing a realistic portrayal.”
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<b>Tyler Brown</b><br />
advertising agent<br />
Port Richmond<br />
“It wouldn’t necessarily be inappro-priate but my preference would be for a transgender actor to get the part. It’s more difficult for transgender folks to break into the business. There aren’t that many transgender roles to begin with. So when the opportunity arises, the transgender actor should get preferential treatment.”
Tyler Brown
advertising agent
Port Richmond
“It wouldn’t necessarily be inappro-priate but my preference would be for a transgender actor to get the part. It’s more difficult for transgender folks to break into the business. There aren’t that many transgender roles to begin with. So when the opportunity arises, the transgender actor should get preferential treatment.”
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<b>Amanda Florian</b><br />
student<br />
Charlotte, N.C.<br />
“Yes. Acting is an art. If you’re a gifted actor and can captivate an audience with your performance, you shouldn’t be turned away because you’re not transgender. That’s reverse discrimination. Choose the actor who can play the role the best.”
Amanda Florian
student
Charlotte, N.C.
“Yes. Acting is an art. If you’re a gifted actor and can captivate an audience with your performance, you shouldn’t be turned away because you’re not transgender. That’s reverse discrimination. Choose the actor who can play the role the best.”
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<b>Carrie Hansen</b><br />
store manager<br />
South Philadelphia<br />
“Yes, under certain circum-stances. There may be some non-transgender actors who are right for the role. But I thought Jared Leto in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ exploited the transgender community more than he represented it. He wasn’t educated about transgender issues; at least, that’s the way it seemed to me. But if there’s a talented and capable non-transgender actor, they should be given a chance.”
Carrie Hansen
store manager
South Philadelphia
“Yes, under certain circum-stances. There may be some non-transgender actors who are right for the role. But I thought Jared Leto in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ exploited the transgender community more than he represented it. He wasn’t educated about transgender issues; at least, that’s the way it seemed to me. But if there’s a talented and capable non-transgender actor, they should be given a chance.”
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Should uniformed city workers march in a St. Patrick’s Day parade that bans LGBT groups?
Mar 13, 2014 | 721 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
<b>Norman Bayard</b><br />
educator<br />
Germantown<br />
“Yes. Just because the LGBT community isn’t getting justice at the moment, they shouldn’t have sour grapes. It doesn’t reflect well on the maturity of the community. They’d have a better chance of getting justice if they didn’t try to remove the city workers.”
Norman Bayard
educator
Germantown
“Yes. Just because the LGBT community isn’t getting justice at the moment, they shouldn’t have sour grapes. It doesn’t reflect well on the maturity of the community. They’d have a better chance of getting justice if they didn’t try to remove the city workers.”
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<b>Shayna Bayard</b><br />
writer<br />
Germantown<br />
“Yes. Any group that wants to participate should have that right. I realize the LGBT community is understand-ably upset. 
But you’re not accomplishing anything by denying other groups their right to participate. Two wrongs don’t make a right.”
Shayna Bayard
writer
Germantown
“Yes. Any group that wants to participate should have that right. I realize the LGBT community is understand-ably upset. But you’re not accomplishing anything by denying other groups their right to participate. Two wrongs don’t make a right.”
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<b>Natasha Freeman</b><br />
registered nurse<br />
South Philadelphia<br />
“No. Pull out the workers of that city. It’s outrageous to exclude LGBT people — just because of the way they were born. City workers shouldn’t be part of that. I’m all in favor of the civil rights of the LGBT community.”
Natasha Freeman
registered nurse
South Philadelphia
“No. Pull out the workers of that city. It’s outrageous to exclude LGBT people — just because of the way they were born. City workers shouldn’t be part of that. I’m all in favor of the civil rights of the LGBT community.”
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<b>Grace Winter</b><b />
photographer<b />
West Philadelphia<b />
“No. A city shouldn’t support an organization that’s not inclusive of the queer community.  That’s not fair. The city workers can march individually, but not as a group. Otherwise, it sends the wrong message that the city doesn’t support the queer community.”
Grace Winter photographer West Philadelphia “No. A city shouldn’t support an organization that’s not inclusive of the queer community. That’s not fair. The city workers can march individually, but not as a group. Otherwise, it sends the wrong message that the city doesn’t support the queer community.”
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Should vendors be required to provide services celebrating same-sex relationships?
Mar 06, 2014 | 621 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
<b>Mark Miklosovich</b><br />
business owner<br />
Queen Village<br />
“Yes. This is 2014, equality should be across the board. No exceptions. If the business owner has religious qualms, they need to keep their personal religious beliefs out of their business.”
Mark Miklosovich
business owner
Queen Village
“Yes. This is 2014, equality should be across the board. No exceptions. If the business owner has religious qualms, they need to keep their personal religious beliefs out of their business.”
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<b>Brandon Roddy</b><br />
waiter<br />
South Philadelphia<br />
“Yes. Human rights are very important. Religious freedoms shouldn’t trump human rights. We’ve had trouble in the past when religious fanatics took away human rights. Just look at the Holocaust. We need to rein in religious beliefs when they infringe on human rights.”
Brandon Roddy
waiter
South Philadelphia
“Yes. Human rights are very important. Religious freedoms shouldn’t trump human rights. We’ve had trouble in the past when religious fanatics took away human rights. Just look at the Holocaust. We need to rein in religious beliefs when they infringe on human rights.”
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<b>James Valadka</b><br />
window washer<br />
South Philadelphia<br />
“Morally, they should provide the service. But they shouldn’t be forced to by law. They should be able to make their own choice. They shouldn’t have to go against their personal beliefs. But I would hope they would provide the service out of [their] good character.”
James Valadka
window washer
South Philadelphia
“Morally, they should provide the service. But they shouldn’t be forced to by law. They should be able to make their own choice. They shouldn’t have to go against their personal beliefs. But I would hope they would provide the service out of [their] good character.”
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<b>Elizabeth Walker</b><br />
clothing designer<br />
Fishtown<br />
“Yes. I’m a strong believer in the separation of church and state. A business shouldn’t be able to discriminate, period. Any goods and services that are advertised should be available to the entire public. I don’t understand why anyone would want to discriminate. Money is money.”
Elizabeth Walker
clothing designer
Fishtown
“Yes. I’m a strong believer in the separation of church and state. A business shouldn’t be able to discriminate, period. Any goods and services that are advertised should be available to the entire public. I don’t understand why anyone would want to discriminate. Money is money.”
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How many countries do you think criminalize LGBT relations? [Answer is 77.]
Feb 27, 2014 | 672 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
<b>Patrick Hatfield</b><br />
bartender<br />
Queen Village<br />
“Twenty-five countries. I’m thinking about India, Africa and the Middle East. I’m assuming Europe and North and South America are more enlightened. They pretty much have a live-and-let-live attitude.”
Patrick Hatfield
bartender
Queen Village
“Twenty-five countries. I’m thinking about India, Africa and the Middle East. I’m assuming Europe and North and South America are more enlightened. They pretty much have a live-and-let-live attitude.”
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<b>Helen Horstmann</b><br />
computer programmer<br />
Queen Village<br />
“I have no idea. It seems like more than a handful, but not the whole world. I will guess it has to be a quarter of the world that still makes same-sex relations a criminal act.”
Helen Horstmann
computer programmer
Queen Village
“I have no idea. It seems like more than a handful, but not the whole world. I will guess it has to be a quarter of the world that still makes same-sex relations a criminal act.”
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<b>Jay Lippe</b><br />
cook<br />
Queen Village<br />
“Between 10 and 20 countries. I’m hoping it’s not more. Ideally, it would be zero but I’m realistic enough to know it’s a significant number. It’s ridiculous to criminalize people for behavior that’s nobody’s business but theirs.”
Jay Lippe
cook
Queen Village
“Between 10 and 20 countries. I’m hoping it’s not more. Ideally, it would be zero but I’m realistic enough to know it’s a significant number. It’s ridiculous to criminalize people for behavior that’s nobody’s business but theirs.”
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<b>Karlee Markarian</b><br />
dance teacher<br />
West Philadelphia<br />
“Two-hundred countries. A lot of people are close-minded and ignorant. We only hear about LGBT issues in our area. We don’t realize what’s going on in other parts of the world. Pockets of Philadelphia are very accepting of the LGBT community but it’s not like that everywhere else.”
Karlee Markarian
dance teacher
West Philadelphia
“Two-hundred countries. A lot of people are close-minded and ignorant. We only hear about LGBT issues in our area. We don’t realize what’s going on in other parts of the world. Pockets of Philadelphia are very accepting of the LGBT community but it’s not like that everywhere else.”
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What’s your favorite activity when you’re snowed in?
Feb 20, 2014 | 887 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
<b>Jenna Collins</b><br />
attorney<br />
Queen Village<br />
“Movie and wine, nothing too intense. The movie has to be light-hearted to help stave off cabin fever. Something low-stakes like a Monty Python movie and a glass of wine. Sauvignon Blanc is my wine of choice.”
Jenna Collins
attorney
Queen Village
“Movie and wine, nothing too intense. The movie has to be light-hearted to help stave off cabin fever. Something low-stakes like a Monty Python movie and a glass of wine. Sauvignon Blanc is my wine of choice.”
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<b>Jordan Emerick</b><br />
sales manager<br />
Chestnut Hill<br />
“Playing the board game Pass the Pigs. It’s a dice game, pig figurines are the dice. You accumulate points, it’s good fun. And you can turn it into a drinking game, if need be.”
Jordan Emerick
sales manager
Chestnut Hill
“Playing the board game Pass the Pigs. It’s a dice game, pig figurines are the dice. You accumulate points, it’s good fun. And you can turn it into a drinking game, if need be.”
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<b>Edward McMurchy</b><br />
teacher<br />
Society Hill<br />
“Read a book. When I’m snowed in, it can get very boring. You feel cooped up. So I read a book that takes me to a different place. My natural inclination is to read a fiction book. It takes me down a path I haven’t been [to] before.”
Edward McMurchy
teacher
Society Hill
“Read a book. When I’m snowed in, it can get very boring. You feel cooped up. So I read a book that takes me to a different place. My natural inclination is to read a fiction book. It takes me down a path I haven’t been [to] before.”
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<b>Kathryn Messina</b><b />
speech pathologist<b />
Society Hill  <b />
“Creating a mosaic. I take an old candle jar and attach pieces of glass to it. I use purple, green and blue glass chips. I also use [sea] shells or pieces of shells. When it’s all done, you can use [the mosaic] for bus tokens or put another candle inside.”
Kathryn Messina speech pathologist Society Hill “Creating a mosaic. I take an old candle jar and attach pieces of glass to it. I use purple, green and blue glass chips. I also use [sea] shells or pieces of shells. When it’s all done, you can use [the mosaic] for bus tokens or put another candle inside.”
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Should Obama have mentioned ENDA in the State of the Union address?
Feb 12, 2014 | 958 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
<b>Shira Berger</b><br />
student<br />
Washington Square West<br />
“Absolutely. It was a missed opportunity. He had Congress right in front of him, and he should have reminded them that ENDA needs to be enacted. Obama campaigned for LGBT rights. He should follow up on his campaign promises.”
Shira Berger
student
Washington Square West
“Absolutely. It was a missed opportunity. He had Congress right in front of him, and he should have reminded them that ENDA needs to be enacted. Obama campaigned for LGBT rights. He should follow up on his campaign promises.”
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<b>William Floyd</b><br />
broadcast engineer<br />
West Philadelphia<br />
“Not necessarily, because I think actions speak louder than words. I’m more concerned that Obama actively pushes for the passage of ENDA. Job security and safety are extremely important for the LGBT community — partcularly the transgender community.”
William Floyd
broadcast engineer
West Philadelphia
“Not necessarily, because I think actions speak louder than words. I’m more concerned that Obama actively pushes for the passage of ENDA. Job security and safety are extremely important for the LGBT community — partcularly the transgender community.”
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<b>Leo Giron</b><br />
butler<br />
Washington Square West<br />
“No. I think we can let him slide. We can cut him some slack this time. But if he continues to overlook the community, then we need to raise our voices. ENDA is a human-rights issue that needs to be addressed.”
Leo Giron
butler
Washington Square West
“No. I think we can let him slide. We can cut him some slack this time. But if he continues to overlook the community, then we need to raise our voices. ENDA is a human-rights issue that needs to be addressed.”
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<b>Randy Mills</b><br />
Filmmaker<br />
Makawao, Hawaii<br />
“Yes. He could have used the event to raise awareness. It would have been good if he at least mentioned ENDA. It’s legislation that’s pending in Congress. But I’m optimistic that President Obama will continue to be a strong supporter of the LGBT community in his second term.”
Randy Mills
Filmmaker
Makawao, Hawaii
“Yes. He could have used the event to raise awareness. It would have been good if he at least mentioned ENDA. It’s legislation that’s pending in Congress. But I’m optimistic that President Obama will continue to be a strong supporter of the LGBT community in his second term.”
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