Wentworth Miller Comes Out in Letter Condemning Russia's Anti-LGBT Laws
Wentworth Miller revealed that he is gay in a letter condemning Russia's anti-LGBT laws.
The Prison Break star penned the letter after being invited to the Russian Film Festival. He rejected the invitation, writing, "As a gay man, I must decline."
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"I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government," Miller wrote in his letter, posted on GLAAD's website. 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."
Earlier this summer, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed legislation that bans "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations," which imposes fines, jail time, and, for those not native to Russia, deportation should an individual show or disseminate information that would insinuate that same-sex relationships are "socially equivalent."
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"Perhaps, when and if circumstances improve, I'll be free to make a different choice," Miller concluded in his letter.
GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz praised Miller's actions. "Wentworth's bold show of support sends a powerful message to LGBT Russians, who are facing extreme violence and persecution: you are not alone," he said. "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."