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All HB 2, All the Time

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Last week, we devoted an entire issue to HB 2, a collection of eight deeply reported features digging into the controversial law that our writers and editors spent weeks cobbling together. INDY commenter hexagonpicnic's favorite bit? "The best part of the INDY this week were all the ads—brilliant, poignant, and clever ads that businesses took out against HB 2."

He/she wasn't alone: "The most stirring thing about the @indyweek #HB2 issue is all of the ads from businesses promoting inclusion," tweeted @allisonsm7.

@DangerCouncil, meanwhile, has a very important question: "Is this a homosexuality-based periodical?" He seems nice.

One story in that collection, about a group of Cary Academy boys who take showers together for fun, unsurprisingly generated a lot of commentary. We'll begin with @BackwardNC, who tweets: "Abigail Hoile's story was among the best things we have ever read. EVER."

INDY commenter dumite faults the school: "The real question is what the hell are the faculty thinking and how has the school not been sued? It has nothing to do with male bonding, but supervision, direction, and avoiding a situation that is begging for some unfortunate incident or misunderstanding to wreak havoc. ... Tolerance doesn't mean a lack of boundaries, and using the same shower and locker room is different than nude bobsledding and shower games between children. ... Abigail did a great job writing this piece, and her open-mindedness is to be applauded, but the school's behavior is very troubling."

Futbol nut rises to Cary Academy's defense. "[Shower Club] was a relatively short-lived phenomenon. The administration did not condone and was clear about not permitting the activity, as the article states. The fact that teenagers may have continued an activity for a period of time not sanctioned by school officials is not unique to high schools in America."

Finally, with regard to the Air Horn Orchestra, the HB 2 protest group cofounder Grayson Haver Currin wrote about last week, Robin Cubbon comments on Facebook: "I'm a liberal lefty, but I really don't see how that is productive at all; it seems kind of jerky. If you want to get someone to do something differently, then why poke a stick in their eye?"

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