The Advocate has started rolling out their annual "40 Under 40" list honoring those people shaping the future of the LGBT movement and GLAAD's Omar Sharif, Jr. was honored as part of "The Fighters" category. Yesterday honorees in the "Networkers" category were announced, including YouTube sensation Tyler Oakley who was featured on the digital cover, and honorees in other categories will be announced daily this week.
Sharif, Jr., the son of famed Egyptian actor Omar Sharif and an actor himself, joined GLAAD in 2013 and currently serves as Director of Annual Giving. He wrote a letter published in The Advocate in 2012 in which he came out as gay and half-Jewish, dangerous identities to claim in Egypt. He joined GLAAD as a spokesperson to help those facing oppression here in the US and around the world, and to promote greater understanding and acceptance of LGBT people.