We are proud to have spoken at the NASUWT Teachers’ Union Conference in Birmingham about our work tackling religious and cultural homophobia in schools.
On Saturday 23rd February the NASUWT “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans & Intersex Teachers’ Conference” was held in Birmingham City Centre, covering a range of workshops, talks and sessions to help support teachers across a range of LGBTQI+ topics and issues.
Naz and Matt Foundation facilitated two workshops on “Religion, homophobia and bullying“, plus we delivered a moving Honourlogue documenting the tragic love story of Naz and Matt to help the delegates hear first hand the devastating impact of not tackling religious homophobia in schools, families and communities.
Some of the workshops included:
- How can I support reforms to the Gender Recognition Act?
- Tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in education
- LGBTI parental pathways and rights
- Religion, homophobia and bullying (Naz and Matt Foundation)
- Mental health and wellbeing: thinking styles, inner talk and quieting the mind
There is still so much work that that needs to be done within schools to help support LGBTQI+ individuals born into conservative religious families. We need LGBTQI+ individuals, their peers… and parents(!) to fully understand they are normal and never ever on their own.
We would like to thank the NASUWT for inviting us to speak at their conference.
If you work for a school, or you know a school in your local area that would benefit from a visit from Naz and Matt Foundation… please visit our schools page for more information.
(Photo credit: NASUWT. Thank you!)
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.