Europe's first gay-friendly 'mosque' opens in Paris


Europe's first gay-friendly "mosque" - for now a Muslim prayer room - is to open on the outskirts of Paris.

It is being organised by Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed, a gay Islamic scholar, who is married to a man and is the founder of Homosexual Muslims of France.

Mr Zahed regularly attends the Grand Mosque in Paris but said that many gay, lesbian and transgender Muslims were uncomfortable about praying in mosques.

He says the "safe space" - a room in a Buddhist temple - is not trying to be specifically gay-friendly, but what he describes as "inclusive".

He added he wants men and women to be able to pray together, not just "gay and straight".

Video journalist: Daniel Gordon

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