Wentworth Miller came out gay and declined Russia’s invite
Actor and screenwriter Wentowrth Miller, best known for his role on the Fox series â€œPrison Break,â€ came out as gay on Wednesday in an open letter in which he declined an invitation to be a guest of honor at the St. Petersburg International Film Festival inÂ Russia.
Citing Russiaâ€™s recently enacted anti-gay â€œpropagandaâ€ law, Miller, 41, said he â€œcannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.â€ In a letter to festival director Maria Averbakh, andÂ published by GLAAD, Miller, writes:
Thank you for your kind invitation. As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and can also claim a degree of Russian ancestry, it would make me happy to say yes. However, as a gay man, I must decline. I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government. The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly. Perhaps, when and if circumstances improve, Iâ€™ll be free to make a different choice.
â€œWentworthâ€™s bold show of support sends a powerful message to LGBT Russians, who are facing extreme violence and persecution: you are not alone,â€ saidÂ GLAADÂ spokesperson Wilson Cruz. â€œAs people from across the globe continue to speak out against Russiaâ€™s horrific law, more celebrities and corporations should follow his courageous lead in openly condemning Russiaâ€™s anti-LGBT law,â€ added Cruz.