Omar Sarwar is a gay Muslim activist and an American of Pakistani descent. He has a keen interest in modern American LGBT issues, particularly those which affect racial, ethnic, and cultural minorities within the gay community. He also specializes in the history of political Islam and diasporic Muslim communities. Omar has been recognized by the Advocate as one of 21 LGBT Muslim activists changing the world, and has appeared on NBC, CNN, HuffPost Live, and BRIC TV. His opinions have also been quoted by the Washington Post, GQ, and Vice. He has a B.A. in Religion and an M.Phil. in History from Columbia University.