1. Rolling Stone has a profile of transgender folk hero CeCe McDonald, who killed a neo-Nazi in self defense in 2011 after being attacked for her race and gender identity. The story dives into the perils of being trans, and particularly a trans woman of color.
2. “I think it’s fair to say the traditional Islam that we experienced excluded a lot of Muslims that were on the margins. I always felt not very welcomed by the type of Islam my parents practiced.” A report on an emerging Muslim movement that embraces same-sex marriage and other controversial practices.
3. Anti-gay Christian radio host John Balyo admits to a second child rape.
4. “It was as if a straight frat boy took out his doodle pad and drew every scene from every porn he had ever witnessed with Barbie or Disney princesses playing the leading roles, with their impossibly tiny bodies and silky, gravity-defying hair.” Cosmo’s “28 Mind-Blowing Lesbian Sex Positions” apparently fails the lesbian test.
5. VIDEO OF THE DAY: A trailer for the musical “Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical” about the late singer who passed away of AIDS-related causes in 1988. The show is playing in Manhattan September 14 to October 5, and Queerty has an interview with the creator and star.