Matt Mahmood-Ogston
About Matt

“As a young boy I dreamt of changing the world but I was made to believe it was impossible.

After tragically losing my soulmate, the love of my life, I have no option left but to change it. “

Matt grew up in a deeply homophobic area of South Birmingham (UK) and studied photography and filmmaking after leaving school. Struggling for years to accept his own sexuality, at the age of 23 Matt ‘came out’ to himself. He finally felt strong enough to accept who he was, and how he was born.

Soon after he met Naz in a nightclub in Birmingham. Naz was 21. They quickly fell in love. They ran away to London to be themselves and escape the intense pressures of not being out to family. They grew tired of having to keep their relationship a secret, fearing what might happen if they were found out by Naz’s religious parents.

After 13 years together and engaged to be married, Naz, a successful and much loved GP, sadly took his own life two days after being confronted by his family about his sexuality. It was the first time they had been faced with the truth that their son was gay, in a long term relationship with another man and planning to get married.

One of their solutions was to tell Naz that he needed to be ‘cured’ for being gay. They did not want ‘shame’ brought upon their family.


In memory of his soulmate Naz, Matt went on to set up ‘Naz and Matt Foundation‘ an award-winning charity that tackles religious and cultural homophobia in schools, colleges, universities, families and communities.

As spokesperson and chair, Matt speaks frequently in the local, national and international press about the dangers of homophobia triggered by conservative religious and cultural beliefs. The charity’s mission is to “Never let religion, any religion, come in the way of the unconditional love between parents and their children”.

Matt has dedicated his life to preventing what happened to his fiancé Naz happening to anyone else, ever again.

He is now an international keynote speaker on the subjects of unconditional love, acceptance, motivation, religion + faith, goal setting and happiness.


Matt’s work has contributed to him being awarded the Attitude Pride Award for ‘building bridges between religious and LGBTQI communities’, and the JCI ‘Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award for cultural achievement’. The Independent on Sunday voted Matt as the 6th most influential LGBTI person in Britain.

Matt and Naz’s personal story has inspired a ground-breaking storyline in one of the most watched TV programmes in Britain, Coronation Street.

Their love story was turned into the ever popular song “Be the Man”, released by The Young’Uns and performed at Glastonbury. It was later shortlisted for the BBC Folk Award and released in the charts.

Recent public speaking engagements

Home Office ‘Ending FGM & Forced Marriage’ Conference

Department for Education

House of Lords

Police Scotland


National Day of Memory

University of Birmingham

University of Derby

University of Warwick

University of Oxford

University of Central Lancashire

Walsall College

Secondary school talks across London, Birmingham, Oldham, Bradford and Leeds,

Capgemini IDAHOT Conference

Birmingham Gay Symphony Orchestra’s anniversary concert

Fourth Choir Christmas Concert



Media appearances

BBC Breakfast

BBC World Service

BBC News 24

BBC Asian Network

BBC Look North


The Guardian

Sky News

ITV News

Canadian Breakfast TV

LBC Radio

BBC Radio Ulster

The Sunday Times

Channel 4

BBC Radio 5 Live

BBC Radio WM

Gaydio Radio

Birmingham Mail

London Live TV

IKWRO True Honour Awards
Naz and Matt Foundation awarded "Outstanding Organisation Tackling 'Honour' Based Violence"
National Diversity Awards
Naz and Matt Foundation nominated for the prestigious “Community Organisation” Award.
BBC Folk Awards
“Be the Man” (the story of Naz and Matt), written and performed by the The Young’uns, shortlisted for “Best Original Track” at the BBC Folk Awards
No2H8 Crime Awards
Shortlisted for the No2H8 Crime Awards by TellMAMA through his work at Naz and Matt Foundation
Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award
Awarded the JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award
National Diversity Awards
Nominated for the Positive Role Model Award
Independent on Sunday
Voted 6th most influential LGBTQI person in the UK for the Independent on Sunday’s Rainbow List
Attitude Pride Award
Awarded the Attitude Pride Award for ‘Building bridges between religious and LGBTQI communities’

Booking enquiries

For speaking engagements and general enquiries please contact Matt

Contact Matt