We are pleased to announce our new face-to-face support group to help bring Parents and LGBTQI+ (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans, queer/questioning and intersex) individuals, from religious and faith backgrounds, closer together… one of the core objectives of Naz and Matt Foundation.
Our aim is always to create a safe, welcoming space that helps each one of us grow positively, with pride and developing our inner strength as we take steps forward along our journey.
We invite Parents of LGBTQI+ individuals to come along who would like to understand the sexuality and gender identity of their children more, by asking questions to members of the LGBTQI+ community without fear of ‘getting it wrong’ or ‘saying the wrong thing at the wrong moment’, particularly when influenced by cultural or religious belief.
LGBTQI+ individuals we invite to come along to ask parents questions about their own perspectives, and to help them understand us – who we really are – ultimately to help them understand their own LGBTQI+ children or family members more.
What is the support group actually like?
We realise that attending a group like this for the first time may seem daunting – which is completely normal when trying anything new. In the short time we’ve been running the sessions many friends have been made through the group. And often individuals return multiple times. Below is some feedback from one of our returning attendees
The meet up was superb as always. I brought all positivity home from Naz and Matt.
As it’s been 4 years you kept alive alive Naz’s message and spreading happiness all around. I meet Naz every time when I meet you.
This is what called love. I am proud because I am a part of the community, u belongs to. Stay blessed and plz allow me to share Naz with you.
Because Naz is message of love. I start feeling Naz around with peaceful smile
GOD bless our Naz’s soul.
– Majid M, 31st July 2018
Where is the support group held?
Our support groups will take place in London initially. We will look in to holding them in other cities based on feedback and demand. If you would like to run one of these groups on behalf of Naz and Matt Foundation in your city please get in touch.
How much does it cost to attend?
Our support group is completely free to attend.
When is the next group?
Our support group dates will always be announced on the following page. Click the button below to see the dates. Generally they are held at least once every three months. We have limited spaces so please always RSVP as soon as you can.
We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into our ‘soul family’.Join and attend support group
Naz and Matt Foundation is delighted that this initiative is being supported by London Friend, the UK’s longest running LGBT+ charity.
London Friend provides health and wellbeing support including coming out groups; social and other support groups; counselling and mental health support; drugs & alcohol; sexual health & HIV prevention; and work with LGBT asylum seekers and refugees.
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.