30th July 2015 marked the anniversary of Naz joining the angels, the day that Naz sadly passed away.
The day is going to be very hard for me to get through, but I know that Naz would want me to try and do something meaningful, something positive and something that has the opportunity to help others on that day. which will help me cope.
I would like to invite you to a very special evening… An Evening To Find Acceptance.
Naz (Dr Nazim Mahmood) – 1980-2014 – RIP my darling
A reminder of what happened to my beautiful Naz, and why we must all work together, to keep talking – to stop the religious homophobia that is having a devastating impact that on tens of thousands of young LGBT individuals across the UK. All because they are born into a religion, and a religious family that will not accept them just because they were born that way.
An Evening to Find Acceptance
The evening will be a Pink carpet film event, a night to remember. A night to be entertained, but also to remember… and an opportunity to take the message further into our communities to invite parents to open their hearts and minds to love unconditionally the children they gave birth to.
The event will be held at Everyman Cinema in Hampstead. We have exclusive use of their VIP room and the main Screen 1.
Let your hair down and let’s go on a journey together… together we can stop homophobia.
Rough order of events (please arrive for 7.45pm):
- Reception and Photo Exhibition
- Pink carpet Kir Royale reception (yes, Pink of course!)
- An exhibition of Lisa Bretherick’s powerful photographs – Lisa is a professional photojournalist has been donating her time to the Foundation to document our journey over the last year. Each moment captured has an opportunity to change someone’s opinion.
- Naz and Matt – The Journey
A screening of a short film that i have been working on over the last year about our journey
- Exclusive Preview of Asifa Lahore’s New Music Video
An exclusive preview screening of Asifa Lahore‘s fabulous new music video and song written and performed by her. Asifa is the UK’s first out and proud gay muslim drag queen. Naz and Matt Foundation had the pleasure of being featured in the new music video.
- Main Feature: The Square Circle
A powerful, thought provoking and beautiful Bollywood film that challenges gender identity, gender roles and sexuality. Set against the vast rural landscapes of India, The Square Circle is a powerful love story that will leave you surprised, hopeful and deeply moved.
DVDs of the Square Circle film will be available to purchase on the night and the fabulous team at BLUE DOLPHIN FILMS will be donating part of the profits from the DVD sales with us. Thank you!
We would love the evening to pay for itself but also raise money for Naz and Matt Foundation, that was setup in memory of Naz to tackle homophobia triggered by religion, so that we can continue our work. We have tried to make the ticket price as affordable as possible. Please contact Matt if you have any questions – email address at bottom of this page.
Thank you for your love and support. I hope to see you on the evening of Thursday 30th July.
Tickets will need to be purchased in advance for the night using EventBrite.
Matt & Naz xxx
Matt set up the Naz and Matt Foundation in memory of his soulmate and fiancé, Naz, who passed away two days after being confronted about his sexuality by his religious parents. It was the first time that they knew their son was gay, in a relationship with Matt for 13 years and that they were planning to get married.