About Naz and Matt Foundation


We are a specialist charity providing a comprehensive range of trauma informed 1-2-1 and group support services to LGBTQI+ individuals, or their parents, from religious or culturally conservative backgrounds.

We work mainly in the areas of religious and cultural homophobia, ‘honour’ based abuse, LGBTQI+ forced marriage and conversion therapy, all of which fall under the wider umbrella category of domestic abuse.

In 2023 we received 382 request for support, and provided vital life-changing 1-2-1 support to 173 vulnerable individuals.

We support people who have experienced an incident or pattern of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and/or violent behaviour, which is connected to their LGBTQI+ identity and the religion or culture they were born into. This abuse can include, but is not limited to, bullying, psychological, physical, sexual, emotional, or economic abuse.

We work with both victims, survivors and the perpetrators (parents) to help resolve challenges connected to religion, culture, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Our long term mission is to prevent these forms of abuse from happening. We campaign in the local and national media, delivering talks, training and workshops to schools, colleges and universities, central government, law enforcement agencies, and NGOs about the dangers of religious and cultural homophobia, and how it intersects with honour based crimes and domestic familial abuse.

We also produce media which is used as educational material, including short films and books, and support projects that empower LGBTQI+ individuals to be the person they were born to be.

What is the main purpose of the Naz and Matt Foundation?

We work to remove the barriers that prevent religious and culturally conservative parents from accepting the LGBTQI+ children they gave birth to.

Naz and Matt Foundation was set up in 2014 following the sad loss of Matt’s fiancé, Naz, who took his own life two days after his deeply religious family confronted him about his sexuality.

We exist to empower and support LGBTQI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex and non-binary) individuals, their friends and family to work towards resolving challenges linked to sexuality or gender identity, particularly where religion is heavily influencing the situation.

We are a registered UK charity and have won multiple awards for our work building bridges between religious and LGBTQI+ communities.

Our mission is to never let religion, any religion, come in the way of the unconditional love between parents and their children.

Naz and Matt Foundation’s mission statement

By tackling the problem head on and raising awareness Naz and Matt Foundation hopes to open the eyes of closed minds in communities and families so that they will love the children they gave birth to, for the individuals they were born to be.

Why are you tackling homophobia triggered by religion?

“On 30th July, 2014, my fiancé, my partner in everything, and eternal soulmate Naz (Dr Nazim Mahmood) sadly passed away, two days after his religious family confronted him about his sexuality. It was the first time they had heard about our 13-year relationship and our plans to marry. They told Naz to go to a psychiatrist to be ‘cured’. They treated him like a disease that needed to be got rid of.

The day after Naz passed away I was told by his family that he was living in ‘sin’ because of their religious beliefs. In the same breath I was also told that I was living in ‘sin’ because of ‘my religion’. They told me not to tell anyone that Naz ‘liked men’ as it would bring ‘shame’ on their family.

Out of respect I followed their wishes, until it reached a point and I decided I could not sit back and let this happen to anyone else ever again.”

– Matt Mahmood-Ogston
(formerly Matthew Ogston)

Matt speaking on Sky News, shortly after the public inquest into Naz’s death in 2014. It wasn’t until this moment that our story became public.

You may read a more detailed account of what happened in The Guardian’s interview with Matt – My boyfriend killed himself because his family couldn’t accept that he was gay

If you need someone to talk to, in confidence, please contact us for a friendly chat.

Our objectives

(a) To advance education and promote knowledge to create understanding within communities and families where religion is affecting their ability to accept or tolerate individuals who are born LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning or Intersex);

(b) To promote and protect the good health of LGBTQI individuals and their friends and family by offering support and signposting them to established counselling services, to assist in resolution of the challenges linked to sexuality or gender identity particularly where religion may be affecting the situation; and

(c) The promotion of equality and diversity in particular the elimination of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity; by raising awareness among the public about the negative impact that difficulties (with a focus on religious beliefs) can have on LGBTQI individuals.

Naz and Matt Foundation and Pride in London 2019

We are a registered charity

Naz and Matt Foundation is registered with the UK Charity Commission.
Charity number 1160694.

IKWRO True Honour Awards

Our work has been widely recognised


We are proud members of the following groups which allow us to share knowledge and increase our charity’s effectiveness tackling so called ‘honour based abuse’

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We would not be able to do our vital work without the financial support of parents, LGBTQI+ individuals, our patrons, corporate organisations and members of the public who donate. We receive no grants or financial support from the government. We are eternally thankful to everyone who has donated and supported our cause.

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What will you do with the money that you raise?

We will be using all money raised wisely, and carefully, to ensure that we can make the most effective impact to as many people as possible. We are small charity, run by a team of volunteers, many of whom were very close to Naz and refuse to sit back and let this situation to continue.

Our initiatives and projects will meet one or more of the 3 objectives set out in our charity record with the UK Charity Commission. We have listed a number of current priorities we are are focussing on below. 

  1. Provide support to at-risk LGBTQI+ individuals who are experiencing abuse from their family due to their their sexuality, gender identity and religion or culture.
  2. Provide support to religious and culturally conservative parents who are struggling to understand or accept their LGBTQI+ child.
  3. Continue to campaign in the local and national media about the dangers of religious and cultural homophobia, and its connection to honour based abuse, forced marriage and conversion therapy.
  4. Create thought provoking media that can be used as education material in schools, colleges, universities, community centres, and also at home for families.
  5. Document the stories of LGBTQI+ individuals who are affected by the issues that we tackle.
  6. Increase the number of our school talks we deliver – we talk openly with children of different ages about religion-triggered homophobia and how dangerous it can be to have a closed mind.  So far we have given school talks in Birmingham, across London, Bradford, Leeds and Oldham, plus also college and university talks. More info > 
  7. Distribute to primary schools and community centres our new illustrated children’s book – Salim’s Secret
  8. Finish writing our second children’s book, for secondary schools +
  9. Provide a safe place that individuals affected by religious homophobia can engage with each other online, or a member of our team.
  10. Establish a method for individuals to be able to contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide practical assistance or connections to emergency services that they may not know are available to them, such as shelter or emergency counselling. Our aim is not to operate this service in a silo, on our own, as this is not cost effective. We are currently speaking to organisations who are aligned to our mission to help us provide this service.
  11. Provide a self-help guide to LGBTQI-friendly organisations, hand picked because they understand the immense pressure that religion may be having on a young gay person’s life. The goal of this is to provide clear, concise information that can be accessed online without the need to speak to anyone directly. Sometimes there is a huge barrier that must be overcome to have the strength speak to someone in person. I know this first hand. Providing the information online will hopefully shorten that barrier.
  12. Continue to organise events that raise awareness with the local and national press about religious homophobia.
  13. Our 150 mile walk in April 2015 – The Journey to Find Acceptanceraised over £12,000 for our Foundation (thank you!), and we ‘estimate’ that our journey was watched, listened to, or read by over 10 million people worldwide thanks to the positive multi-broadcast coverage by Sky News, ITV News, BBC World Service, BBC News, Gaydio, Canadian Breakfast Television and a large number of newspapers including the Evening Standard, Evening Mail, Ham and High and Camden New Journal.


Naz and Matt Foundation is managed by myself (Matt), a small team of dedicated trustees, and an extended team of volunteers who help with our various activities.

If you feel that you have a particular skill that we can use to speed up delivery, and increase the quality and effectiveness of any of the initiatives please do get in touch

Thank you for reading and we look forward to creating a brighter future with your help.