On a dark October evening, Naz and Matt Foundation delivered a powerful lecture at Oxford University, Lady Margaret Hall, to a full room of students and senior members of staff from the prestigious college.
The talk, titled ‘Religious Homophobia – there is no excuse’ was well received by the students and senior members of staff in attendance.
Thank you to the wonderful students, senior staff, Vice-Principal and Principal of Lady Margaret Hall for hosting our talk and your exceptionally kind hospitality.
And thank you to Father Andrew, a Patron of Naz and Matt Foundation, for inviting us on campus to help support students on their own journey of acceptance, understanding and unconditional love.
Matt’s personal testimony, and the record of the work of the Foundation was moving to hear, and meant a lot to our audience of young undergraduates. The insistence that the Foundation is pro-faith, and supportive of parents in their struggles was particularly good to hear, as there is too often a negative reaction to faith in such circumstances.
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.