Sharif Jr. Shares
What It's Like Being a Gay Egyptian in the Public Eye
and activist Omar Sharif Jr. opened up in an op-ed for Hornet
Voice for the Voiceless: Amidst a Brutal Crackdown, This Gay
Egyptian Looks for Hope. The piece shares what itís like
being a gay Egyptian in the public eye and the weight it carries
both in the United States and in Egypt.
On being a public figure and coming out:
ďWhen I came out in 2012, I wanted to use my status as a
relatively public figure ó grandson of two of Egyptís most beloved
celebrities ó to push LGBTQ acceptance through what I then assumed
would be our darkest hour. Unfortunately, since then conditions
have only worsened, and the country is now gripped
by a brutal crackdown against some of its most
His advice for youth in Egypt:
I canít tell the young gay Egyptians who message me to come
out en masse; I donít want them to be cannon fodder for my ideals.
I canít even tell them to come out to their own families; few
of them had the liberalizing experiences my grandparents did,
working on movies with people from all walks of life. So I tell
them to be safe, to be careful, to hang on.
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