Actor Wentworth Miller Comes Out As Gay In Letter Declining Russian Film Festival Invitation

August 21st, 2013 // Leave a Comment
Wentworth Miller

The former star of Prison Break, actor and screenwriter, Wentworth Miller confirmed he’s gay Wednesday in a letter posted on the GLAAD website, declining an invitation to a Russian film festival. The actor said he could not accept the invite because of the treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government.

GLAAD posted the letter online in full… 

Dear Ms. Averbakh:

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, I’ll be free to make a different choice.

Until then.

Wentworth Miller

GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz wrote of Miller’s letter: “Wentworth’s bold show of support sends a powerful message to LGBT Russians, who are facing extreme violence and persecution: you are not alone. As people from across the globe continue to speak out against Russia’s horrific law, more celebrities and corporations should follow his courageous lead in openly condemning Russia’s anti-LGBT law.”

Kudos to you Wentworth. Thank you for taking a stand in such a public way and for such a good cause.

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By Michael Prieve
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