Conflict & Justice

New Inclusive Mosque Outside Paris Welcomes Gays and Lesbians

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Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed who launched a gay-friendly Muslim prayer space outside Paris (Photo: Amy Bracken)

Mosques don't usually welcome gay and lesbian worshipers.

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But on Friday a Muslim group just outside Paris held what's billed as the first "gay-friendly" Islamic worship in Europe.

The group also allows men and women to pray together.

The location was kept secret – for security reasons.

The World's Amy Bracken met the man who launched project.

She said he is a French Muslim who decided to fight for a more inclusive interpretation of Islam after he realized he was gay.

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