Guardian Interview: My fiancé killed himself because his family couldn’t accept that he was gay

Sarfraz Manzoor, a writer for the Guardian contacted Matt to see if he would be willing to be interviewed in-depth about what happened to Naz and the events and circumstances leading up to the day that Naz passed away.

“In the spring of last year, Matthew Ogston and Nazim Mahmood moved into their dream home. The apartment, on the top floor of a mansion block in north-west London, offered stunning panoramic views of London. Nazim was a doctor who ran three London clinics, Matthew a web designer.”

“The life Nazim enjoyed seemed a world away from the working-class traditional Muslim community in which he had been raised. It was that world – conservative and closed – that he had left behind for a new life. In their first week in the flat, the two men stood on the balcony as London glittered in front of them. Matthew looked at Nazim and said, “Darling, I think we’ve finally made it.” They both smiled.

Four months later, Nazim jumped off the edge of that same balcony to his death. He was 34.”

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  • I just read Matt and Nazim’s story and it made me terribly sad that we live in this unforgiving world. I come from a Muslim family so I can only sympathise with what Nazim went through, it’s difficult. I just wanted to say I support your cause and what you are doing and I hope it’s raises awareness of the issues

  • is this family making their religion the priority rather than love their son for the remarkable human being he was. I have a son and love him no matter what, he is my world and his happiness is of most importance for me. I simply don’t understand.

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