Europe's first gay-friendly mosque opens in Paris

03 December, 11:56

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(ANSAmed) - Paris, November 30 - The first mosque in Europe to welcome homosexual and transsexual worshippers opened in the outskirts of Paris on Friday.

The gay-friendly mosque is an initiative of Ludovic-Mohammed Zahed, 35, a French national of Algerian origin and the founder of HM2F, the association for gay Muslims of France. He has long called for an ''open Islam''. The place of worship is located on property belonging to a homosexual Buddhist monk near Vincennes park in the Val-de-Marne department southeast of the French capital. The address has not been made public for fear of attacks.

The first prayer service was held on Friday evening and led by an imam belonging to the HM2F association. News of the opening had to be removed from Facebook due to offensive comments. (ANSAmed).

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