Swedish Muslim plans to set up "gay mosque"

Published torsdag 20 december 2012 kl 14.24
Swedish religious leaders often take part in Pride celebrations. Photo: Monica Quesada/Scanpix.

Ardeshir Bikakabadi, leader of the Homan gay rights group, wants to set up a gay-friendly mosque in Gothenburg.

“It would be the perfect place where you could gather, exchange views and support one another. A place is needed where you can feel free to be who you are,” he told the TT news agency.

Bikakabadi is in a relationship with a man and says it can be hard to be accepted as a homosexual Muslim.

He was inspired by an initiative in Paris where a “gay-friendly shrine for Muslims” recently opened. It also functions as a visiting centre where anyone is welcome, regardless of religion or sexual orientation, according to Bikakabadi.