Wentworth Miller comes out as gay!
Prison Break star Wentworth Miller has come out as a gay. The actor officially came out of the closet in an open letter to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival that he would not be attending their event in Russia, because of their treatment of gay men and women.
GLAAD reposted the the letter on their website.
August 21, 2013
Re: St. Petersburg International Film Festival / “Guest of Honor” Invitation
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.
Member, The ManKind Project\
Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a law that would impose fines on people accused of promoting “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations.” Sports minister said that, while the law doesn’t ban gay athletes from participating in the 2014 Olympics, “if he goes out into the streets and starts to propagandize, then of course he will be held accountable.”
Next year’s Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia.
GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz said.
“Wentworth’s bold show of support sends a powerful message to LGBT Russians, who are facing extreme violence and persecution. 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.”