Omar Sharif Jr.

March 19, 2012 by staff 

Omar Sharif Jr., The grandson of actor Omar Sharif claims he is worried about returning to his native Egypt after coming out as being gay and half-Jewish.

Omar Sharif Jr. who lived in Egypt until January 2011, just before the revolution, when he moved to the United States, says he also fears for his family following the success of Islamic parties in recent elections.

He wrote in the Advocate Magazine: ‘I write this article in fear. Fear for my country, fear for my family, and fear for myself.

‘My parents will be shocked to read it, surely preferring I stay in the shadows and keep silent, at least for the time being. But I can’t.’

Sharif expressed his disappointment at Egypt’s recent parliamentary elections – which saw victories for several Islamic parties – saying he was now less hopeful that the revolution would lead to a more tolerant and open society.

He added: ‘The vision for a freer, more equal Egypt — a vision that many young patriots gave their lives to see realized in Tahrir Square — has been hijacked.

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