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Update from Bologna: gay rights and the politics of the whorehouse

By Anthony Levin  

Working Girls: exploitation in the sex trade has many faces, both male and female.

In the past week, Sweden introduced full marital rights for same-sex couples while Australia legislated for everything but. Yet, as Parvez Sharma’s 2007 documentary A Jihad for Love makes painfully clear, such rights are a very distant dream for gay Muslims.

Possibly the most heartbreaking inclusion in Bologna’s Human Rights film festival, the film documents the lives of nine gay…

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