Screenwriter, actor, model and gay man. Wentworth Miller came out of the closet today in a letter to the organizers of a Russian film festival. The 41-year-old star of “Prison Break” took a page from the book of fellow gay actor Sir Ian McKellen.
He came out in protest of Russia’s anti-gay laws. McKellen came out in response to a rather similar law in Great Britain back in 1988. That law and the Russian law ostensibly ban discussing homosexuality with children. The British law has long since been repealed.
Miller wrote to the St. Petersberg film festival that “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.”
Miller went on to say that”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 systemically denied their basic right to live and love openly.”
He went on to say that “Perhaps, when if circumstance improve, I’ll be free to make a different choice.”
GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz applauded Miller’s stance saying “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.”