Wentworth Miller Comes Out of the Closet
Prison Break actor Wentworth Miller has come out of the closet as gay. In case you need your memory refreshed, Miller played Michael Scofield on the FOX series Prison Break from 2005 to 2009.
The actor, 41, was invited to attend the St. Petersburg International Film Festival and chose to reply to the invitation with a firm statement hitting out at Russia’s controversial new anti-gay laws, which ban public discussion on same-sex rights and relationships.
In a letter to Maria Averbakh, the film festival’s director, Wentworth wrote:
“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.”
The letter was posted on the website of media watchdog group the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) website. GLAAD rep Wilson Cruz called Miller’s “bold show of support sends a powerful message to LGBT Russians, who are facing extreme violence and persecution: you are not alone.”
Cruz encouraged other celebrities and corporations to condemn the discriminatory laws. Singers Madonna and Lady Gaga and Olympian Johnny Weir have already spoken out about the laws.
Written by Castina on August 22nd, 2013 | Tagged as: Popular Culture