Welcome to the Friday Five! Every Friday we share our top five articles, stories, and quotes for you to read and share with your friends and church families.
1. Ohio LGBT group announces plans to target churches for homosexual weddings
"When asked "if a church community has a church hall that they rent to couples who want to have that wedding reception in that hall ... should that church hall and church community be forced to rent that to someone who wants to use that building for something that's against that church community's belief system," an Equality Ohio spokeswoman said, "Sure, I would say that if that space is open and generally available to the public for a fee, yes that should be available to everyone." (Read more)
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2. Transgender teenager taking testosterone wins Texas state girls’ wrestling tournament
"A 17-year-old transgender boy completed an undefeated season Saturday by winning a controversial Texas state girls wrestling title in an event clouded by criticism from those who believe the testosterone he’s taking as he transitions from female to male created an unfair advantage." (Read more)
3. Meg Meeker, MD: Transgender bathroom policy: what the government can’t tell you, but a pediatrician can
"Writing as a pediatrician, not political spokesperson, who has treated thousands of children over the past 30 years, it is imperative that we consider the emotional and physical health of every child when we make decisions that affect all of those children.
This is more than a state v. federal issue; this is an issue about the well being of all of our children. When bathroom use at school is up for grabs, so too, are the psyches of many immature children." (Read more)
4. Disney broadcasts first gay cartoon kiss, and includes gay storyline in live-action version of "Beauty and the Beast"
"'LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. He’s confused about what he wants,' director Bill Condon told Attitude magazine. And what better place to discuss human sexuality with your four-year-old than a wholesome Disney movie?
'It is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie,' Condon added." (Read more)
5. Target retailer hits $15 billion loss since pro-transgender announcement.
"Target’s stock value is now down by 30 percent since it sparked a consumer boycott by embracing the transgender political agenda. That 30 percent drop has slashed investors’ wealth by roughly $15 billion. On Tuesday, the stock fell to $58.78, down from its April 19 high of $83.98. In contrast, WalMart is up 3 percent since April, and Kohl’s is down less than one percent." (Read more)