Telly watchers know him for his leading role on Prison Break but today Wentworth Miller is making news for breaking out of the closet. The Russian government’s anti-LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) legislation has pushed Miller to open up about his sexuality for the first time.
On being invited to attend the St. Petersburg International Film Festival, Miller simply felt he could not “in good conscience” attend an event in Russia on account of the country’s stance against gay people. He declined the invitation with a letter to the organisers that reads: “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.”
Irrespective of anyone’s personal views or prejudices, Miller makes a commendable statement by standing up for his beliefs.
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