Wentworth Miller, known for his work on the FOX drama “Prison Break” revealed his sexual orientation in a rejection letter inviting him to the St. Petersburg International Festival in Russia.
“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,” Miller wrote in the letter posted on GLAAD’s website. “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.”
GLAAD correspondent Wilson Cruz prasied Miller’s response and his support to Russia’s LGBT community:
“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.”
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