The Friday Five

This week’s roundup of our favorites from across the interwebs to help you make sense of men and women.

1. The LGBT Community Shows How To Take On The Haters by Mary Elizabeth Williams of Salon discusses two recent incidents that show that love is stronger than homophobia.

2. Middle-School Girls Picket For The Right To Wear Leggings by Amanda Hess of Slate reports on the young girls in Evanston, Ill., picketing for the right to wear leggings to school after administrators informed them that leggings are “too distracting to boys” to be fit for the classroom.

3. WTF Is ‘Natural Marriage?’ by Michelle Cottle of The Daily Beast says: When a group like the Family Research Council is losing a debate, there’s only one thing left to do: change the terms.

4. The Myth Of Gay Affluence by Nathan McDermott of The Atlantic says: Despite a commonly held belief that LGBT Americans tend to live it up in classy urban neighborhoods, they struggle with disproportionately high levels of poverty compared to straight people.

5. Pastor Fred Phelps: ‘An Angry, Bigoted Man Who Thrived On Conflict’ by Louis Theroux of The Guardian asks: What motivated the man behind the placard-waving, virulently homophobic Westboro Baptist Church, AKA ‘the most hated family in America’? And what’s next for the church and family following his death?

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