On the Virgin Radio Pridecast, Alex and Shivani delve into the world of religion, looking at the relationship between religious organisations and the LGBTQ+ community, and examining whether religious freedoms and LGBTQ+ rights can co-exist.
You’ll hear from evangelical gay Christian Jayne Ozanne on the harm that religion can cause, journalist Paul Brand on the trade-off between religious freedom and LGBTQ+ rights, and Tik Tok star Benjy Kusi on the link between religion and culture. You’ll also hear from Matt Mahmood-Ogston, who founded the Naz and Matt Foundation after his fiancé Naz tragically took his own life when dealing with rejection from his religious family.
If you need help or support
Please note, some of the topics discussed in this episode might be sensitive and/or triggering.
For help and support with any LGBTQ+ issues you might be facing, you can contact Switchboard on 0300 330 0630. Alternatively, the Samaritans are available twenty-four hours a day on 116 123.
Request support for religious or cultural homophobia
If you need to speak to someone about the pressures or abuse you may be receiving from your parents because of your sexuality or gender identity, please contact Naz and Matt Foundation for free advice and support.