I talk to Gay Star News about losing my darling Naz, the impact of honour based abuse on the LGBTQI+ community, and our Foundation’s recent work with the incredible charity Karma Nirvana.
“Now’ though Matt never envisioned a life of activism for himself, that’s precisely what he’s doing.
He created the Naz and Matt Foundation in 2014, which ‘exists to empower and support LGBTQI+ individuals‘ and help friends and family ‘work towards resolving challenges linked to sexuality or gender identity‘.
He also serves on the Survivor Ambassador Panel for Karma Nirvana. The panel supports the work Karma Nirvana does, helping victims of honour-based violence (HBV) and forced marriage, and is backed by Building a Stronger Britain Together (BSBT).
“‘He [Naz] taught me what it means to be a good person, to help others and live by moral values,’ Matthew says. ‘He was a doctor so he spent his whole life helping other people. His outlook on life was so forgiving, so accepting.”Read the full interview
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.