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‘A keynote speaker that will leave your audience truly moved and deep in thought long after your conference ends’.

“His gentle and articulate style was so powerful, he received a standing ovation from a group of professionals toughened from their work in the criminal justice system. I am sure there was not a dry eye in the room.

I feel fortunate to have heard Matt share his and Naz’s story. It broke my heart but it has changed me, and I vow to encourage all I meet to stand up against bigotry.”

Dr Roxanne Khan
Matt speaking in Bradford

I am the Founder and Chair of Naz & Matt Foundation, a multi award-winning charity dedicated to tackling religious & cultural homophobia.

I set up the Foundation in memory of my fiancé and soulmate, Dr Naz Mahmood, who sadly took his own life two days after his deeply religious parents confronted him about his sexuality.

As an experienced Keynote Speaker I now speak on a number of challenging topics, hoping to bring the positive change that Naz dreamed of one day seeing.

Contact me if you’d like your audience to feel engaged, moved and motivated into taking positive action towards something bigger than themselves.

Matt’s talk was genuinely one of the most powerful and moving I have ever heard in my 20 years as a research academic.

People were genuinely moved and motivated to take steps to eradicate religious homophobia and encourage acceptance.

DCI Debra Forrester, Police Scotland

Recent Public Speaking engagements

Home Office ‘Ending FGM & Forced Marriage’ Conference

Department for Education

House of Lords

Police Scotland

West Midlands Police

HMRC

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

Switchboard

FFLAG

Karma Nirvana

Matt’s courage was an inspiration to them all, and many spoke of his bravery at speaking to strangers of his love and loss.

Bec Tigue, Head of UoB School

Awards

Matt - being interviewed for the Attitude Pride Awards

In 2021 I was awarded the “Top 10 Outstanding Contribution to LGBT Life” award by the British LGBT+ Awards, and in 2015 I was voted the 6th most influential LGBTI person in the UK by the Independent on Sunday .

In 2020 I was nominated for a National Diversity “Positive Role Model Award”. In 2015 I was presented with the JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award. And finally, in 2014 I was awarded the Attitude Pride Award for ‘Building bridges between religious and LGBTQI communities’.

TV & Music

Coronation Street

Our personal story helped inspire a ground-breaking storyline in one of the most watched TV programmes in Britain, Coronation Street.

“Be the Man” – The Love Story of Naz and Matt

The ‘love story of Naz and Matt’ has been turned into the BBC Folk Award nominated song “Be the Man“, released in the charts by The Young’Uns and performed at Glastonbury.

A totally motivational experience that empowers audience members to do as he has done – spread love, unconditionally.

Adam Beral, Switchboard LGBT+


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