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'Europe's first gay-friendly mosque' sparks controversy
by Ben McPartland
The opening of what has been dubbed Europe's first gay-friendly mosque in Paris has been condemned by some of the city's Muslim leaders for going "against the spirit of Islam".
The new "mosque", which opened on Friday in a small room inside the house of a Buddhist monk, has smashed a taboo in Islam by welcoming transgender and transsexual Muslims.
But the prayer room located in the eastern suburbs of Paris is not supported by any formal Muslim institution and many imams in France oppose it.
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