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Naz and Matt Foundation

  • 1 month ago
  • written by NDA



The charity started in 2014 following the sad loss of Matt’s fiancé and soulmate, Naz, who took his own life two days after his deeply religious family confronted him about his sexuality. Struggling to cope without Naz by his side, Matt has now committed his life to tackling this problem, with a goal of bringing conservative religious parents closer to their LGBTQI+ children. The Foundation delivers talks to schools, colleges/universities, community groups, police forces and also parents. They provide direct support and produce resources such as films and books. Recently they launched the first ever #OutAndProudParentsDay – an annual event encouraging parents to “come out” to their community and tell the world how proud they are of their LGBTQI+ children. By “coming out” these parents make it easier for others who are struggling to understand or accept their LGBTQI+ children.

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