Gay Mosque Opened IN FRANCE, a Muslim prayer room described as “the first gay-friendly mosque” has opened on the outskirts of Paris. The centre is run by Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed, an out and proud Islamic scholar and the founder of Homosexual Muslims of France, who wanted to create a more inclusive place for queer Muslims to worship in as many feel uncomfortable praying in established mosques. "Many gay men don't go to the mosque because they don't want to be recognised. They don't want to be ostracised because they wear earrings or because they're effeminate or they're transgender, something that's pretty obviously rejected in many mosques in France." he says. "A transgender from a Muslim background died last summer. It was hard to find an imam to pray for her. Nobody wanted to. In the end, we had to do it. We had to pray for her." Mr Zahed continued. The Paris Grand Mosque issued a statement condemning Zahed’s LGBT prayer room. "The fact that he's opening a mosque or a prayer room is something that's outside the Islamic community. The Koran condemns homosexuality. It is banned." said a Grand Mosque spokesman.