Gay Imam plans to open Australia’s first LGBT-friendly mosque

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Alina Polianskaya writes at the Independent:

An openly gay Imam is hoping to Australia’s first LGBT-friendly mosque within the next year.

Nur Warsame told The Independent inundated that he had been inundated with cries for help from gay Muslims who feel they have nowhere to turn.

“I have been dealing with young people who have been excommunicated from their families,” he said. “That is when you have a problem.”

People had been “trying to beat the gay out of their loved ones,” he added.

Mr Warsame, who used to lead a mosque in Melbourne, came out as the country’s first openly gay Muslim leader in 2010.  He said he was cut off by the Islamic community when he revealed his sexuality.

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