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Omar Sharif Jr.

THE GRANDSON OF FAMOUS ACTORS, WITH A MUSLIM FATHER AND JEWISH MOTHER, OMAR SHARIF JR. WANTS TO HELP BRING ABOUT ACCEPTANCE AND TOLERANCE IN HIS EGYPTIAN HOMELAND

ACTING ‘ THE PART’

INSPIRATION AWARD

Omar wears all clothing throughout by John Varvatos, shoes by Christian Louboutin

When he learns of his Attitude Inspiration Award, Omar Sharif Jr.’s reaction is characteristically humble. “My story is not unique, it’s just better-known,” he says. But as the first high-profile personality to come out as gay in the Arab world, not to mention being the grandson of legendary Egyptian actors Omar Sharif and Faten Hamama, that is something of an understatement.

It’s certainly a story that qualifies him to be an inspiring figure. In 2012, the actor, media personality and campaigner used his public profile to come out as both gay and half Jewish, through a poignant letter in the Advocate. In his homeland, it was an especially provocative act— one that jeopardises his safety.

Homosexuality isn’t specifically outlawed but there are morality laws that carry a sentence of up to up to 17 years in prison and, in recent years, the LGBT+ community has been the target of a fierce state-sponsored crackdown.

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About Attitude

This issue, our Attitude Awards winners take the spotlight. TV star and Man of the Year Wentworth Miller, trans model icon Andreja Pejic, comedian Alan Carr, breakthrough pop star MNEK, most stylish man winner Pietro Boselli, and gay rights activist Omar Sharif Jr. all feature on six collector’s edition covers. Plus, there are interviews with Attitude Award winners Spice Girl and honorary gay Geri, LGBT ally Beverley Knight, Active Award winners Team GB, actress Amanda Barrie and acclaimed Harry Potter and the Cursed Child director John Tiffany.
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