Emotional Attachments and Secular Imaginings: Western LGBTQ Activism on Iran

@article{Rastegar2012EmotionalAA,
  title={Emotional Attachments and Secular Imaginings: Western LGBTQ Activism on Iran},
  author={Mitra Rastegar},
  journal={GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies},
  year={2012},
  volume={19},
  pages={1 - 29}
}
  • M. Rastegar
  • Published 2012
  • Sociology
  • GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies
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