Muhammad Ludovic Lütfi Zahed, a gay French-Algerian man, is slated to open the
first gay mosque at the end of November.
The Turkish daily newspaper
Hurriyet first reported last week on the plan to establish the mosque. Zahed
told the Turkish paper, “In normal mosques, women have to sit in the back seats
and wear a headscarf and gay men are afraid of both verbal and physical
aggression. After performing the Hajj, I realized that a mosque for gays was a
must for gay Muslims who want to perform their prayers.”
Post reported earlier this year on Zahed’s marriage to Qiyam al-Din, a South
African, during a ceremony outside Paris in February, approved by an imam in
France. The men had previously married in South Africa, where same-sex marriage
is legal, but the French government under then-president Nicolas Sarkozy refused
to recognize it.
Zahed told Hurriyet reporter Arzu Cakır Morin that “we
will use a hall in a Buddhist chapel, which will be opened on November
The new mosque will not segregate men from women and will conduct
joint gender prayers, noted the Hurriyet.