During Nawaz's radio show on LBC, one caller expressed his neutral views on homosexuality, saying that the fact that it is legal in many parts of the world today is "fine".
Nawaz commented on the caller's usage of the word fine, saying: "It's not just fine, there's gay marriage equality now. It's a great thing, isn't it?"
The caller then opposed the idea of "gay marriages", claiming gay people were "trespassing" on a "sensitive and religious level".
"What's your problem if two gay men wanted to get married, what's your concern?" Nawaz asked.
The caller emphasized that he doesn't have a problem with gay men, per say, but thinks they should coin a new term for marriage.
"Why do they have to call it something else? No one is trampling on your definition of marriage, why are you trampling on their definition of marriage?" Nawaz said.
Nawaz is "famously known for challenging views that he finds objectionable"
Nawaz never holds back and is famously known for speaking up in solidarity with the LGBTQ community.
"You called in to a presenter that’s famously known for challenging views that he finds objectionable which is precisely what I’m doing."
"I suggest to you that if you don’t like that you don’t call into this particular show."
"I would vote for this guy if I could"
In 2017, Nawaz won an award for his pro-LGBT work
In October 2017, the TV presenter and radio host received the Broadcast Award at the PinkNews Awards.
Nawaz dedicated the award to any LGBTQ person who has been persecuted and hit back at all those who "would be confused by a Muslim winning an award for promoting LGBTQ issues."
"I want to thank PinkNews and thank my producer Sandra who is over here without who my show would not be anything. Allow me just to say – I try to use my show as a platform to advance these sorts of social causes, and when I heard in a survey, the last survey that was conducted in January this year, that 52 percent of my fellow co-religionists, British Muslims, advocated the criminalisation of homosexuality in this country. I was both embarrassed and infuriated and frustrated and outraged and angry," he said at the time, according to PinkNews.
Nawaz is the founding chairman of Quilliam, an anti-extremism think-tank. Prior to that, he was a former member of Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, which led to his imprisonment in Egypt in 2002.