Omar Sharif Jr. is an Egyptian-Canadian actor, public-figure, and grandson to international icons. He faced a barrage of condemnation, criticism and threats of violence in the Arab world after he wrote a commentary in which he came out in 2012. Most of this negativity was spurred on by the Arabic media’s demonization of his gay identity. Passionate about equal and human rights, Omar feels a responsibility to advocate on behalf of – and provide a voice for - those still silenced by fear or repression internationally. Acting as GLAAD's National Spokesperson he speaks from the heart and cites personal experience in an effort to highlight the importance of promoting understanding and acceptance and advancing equality through the media. Omar holds an advanced Master's degree in Comparative Politics from The London School of Economics. He is based in New York.