Support Group for LGBTQI+ Individuals from religious and culturally conservative backgrounds - Naz and Matt Foundation

We are here to support you

We are here to help you and your family resolve challenges linked to sexuality, gender identity, religion and culture. We are a small charity with limited resources, but we will do everything we can to support or guide you.

We treat every request individually and the support we are able offer is assessed on a case by case basis.

What support do you provide?

We provide comprehensive short and long-term, free-to-access telephone, email and group support.

Are main areas of focus are supporting victims, survivors and the perpetrators (parents) of religious and cultural homophobia, honour-based abuse, LGBTQ+ forced marriage and conversion therapy.

Each month we host two support groups, supporting both LGBTQI+ individuals and parents.

We also host a regular parent-led support group for parents of South Asian heritage.

Support provided by our team over telephone, email and face-to-face included:

  • Emergency relocation assistance,
  • Coming out support,
  • Support for parents,
  • Asylum support,
  • Mentoring,
  • Emergency grants,
  • Emotional support,
  • Suicide prevention,
  • Emergency accommodation,
  • Mentoring and career advice,
  • A safe space and listening service,
  • Group support

To compliment our support services we also provide a range of books (Salim’s Secret, My God, My Child is LGBTQI+), videos and films (My God, I’m Queer).

Recent testimonials

To help you understand the support we provide, here are a few recent comments from LGBTQ+ individuals, from religious and culturally conservative families, who have used our support services.

The whirlwind of pain, emotions and loss seemed unbearable after coming out to my Pakistani mother.

I frantically searched the internet for support and someone that could understand and help. It was this foundation that got back to me and saved my mind and sanity from spiralling with regular support very quickly, when there was little response from elsewhere. Thank you for everything.

Sabah received 1-2-1 support after coming out to her mother.

If I could thank Matt with all the gold in the world, I would, if I had it. For now he will have to settle with the fullness of my mind and heart in which they have helped rebuild, and restore.

We are still on our way, but without him, I never would have found the support to do it alone. He saved my life, he’s prolonged it, and hopefully together, I’ll finally find some reason to love it again, as I used to.

Uthman, a gay Muslim male receiving one-to-one support from us.

Two weeks prior to getting into contact with the Naz & Matt foundation, I was hospitalised and was not able to see past anything apart from not wanting to live anymore. By simply listening to, validating and understanding my situation I now have all that I was longing for, a clear plan to eventually live safely and without fear.

I feel like a brand new person every time we speak, eager to put newfound insight and knowledge to practice. I feel super confident in preparing for the rest of my life going forward! I will forever be eternally grateful.

I had no idea 5 years ago when using the Naz & Matt foundation as research for my A Level media coursework that it would one day change my life for the better.

Samira (name has been changed to protect her identity)

I jumped, hoping someone would help… and you caught me. Thank you.

A recent comment from an LGBTQ+ person we are supporting

The charity is a god send and is still supporting me. I was in a very bad way a year ago and living in so much fear. Finally I was supported to move, very far, to feel safe and secure. Naz and Matt helped us to get into a refuge for me and my kids. I had nothing and they gave us so much by doing this for me and my kids.

My life has changed so much cause of them. I have things I never dreamt of and am so happy cause of the charity.

Noah Ali, receiving ongoing support, care package and emergency rehousing. He has asked us to use his full name.

Support available 

Please choose from one of the following options that best suits your needs:

Emergency assistance

If you are in an urgent situation and feeling suicidal please choose the option below

I need emergency support

Support Group Meetup

We hold monthly friendly support groups in London, which are free to attend and open to LGBTQI+ individuals and parents from religious or faith backgrounds. In each session we work together to understand and help each other. Many of us have become friends after attending.

Attend Support Group

Community focused support forum – Ask Naz

If you are not able or ready to attend our support group, or if you have a question you think others in our community will be able to help you with, please head over to our support forum.

Lovingly called “Ask Naz“, this a safe place for asking questions, learning, finding support from others in similar situations to yourself, self discovery, growing stronger and helping each other.

Also, if you would like to volunteer for Naz and Matt Foundation this is a great to start. Simply sign up, create your profile and start helping other members of our community grow stronger in themselves, make new friends and become part of our global family.

Explore Support Forum

Request 1-2-1 support

If you would like to receive one-to-one support please complete the form below with as much information as you are able to. All messages are treated in strict confidence.

Please do not use this for emergencies. We are a small charity and sadly do not have adequate resources to respond immediately. 

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