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New Book A Tale of Two Omars (AUDIO)

By Charlotte Robinson, October 18, 2021

This week I talked with Omar Sharif Jr. about his new memoir “A Tale of Two Omars: A Memoir of Family, Revolution & Coming Out During the Arab Spring” published by Counterpoint Press. In this must-read memoir Omar shares intimate details of his personal story along with the lessons he inherited from his family that have helped prepare him to become a global leader in our fight for LGBTQ equality. He writes with brutal honesty about his upbringing & adolescence as well as the traumas & heartbreaks of his adult life. From bullying & sexual assault to being unable to return to Egypt after announcing he was gay this is a powerful & highly readable personal story from a writer with an incredibly diverse background. The grandson of Hollywood royalty Omar Sharif on his father’s side & Holocaust survivors on his mother’s, Sharif learned early on how to move between worlds from the Montreal suburbs to the glamorous orbit of his grandparents’ Cairo. His famous name always protected him wherever he went. Then in the wake of the Arab Spring he made the difficult decision to come out in the pages of The Advocate in 2012 that changed his life forever. “A Tale of Two Omars” also provides lots of Hollywood stories & intriguing gossip over the decades. I talked to Omar about his inspiration for writing “A Tale of Two Omars: A Memoir of Family, Revolution & Coming Out During the Arab Spring” & his spin on our LGBTQ issues. LISTEN  

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