Prison Break's Wentworth Miller comes out as gay in Russia stance

Published Thursday, Aug 22 2013, 10:34 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Prison Break star Wentworth Miller has announced he is gay in stance against Russia's homophobic laws.

The actor, 41, came out in a formal RSVP reply letter after being invited to attend the St. Petersburg International Film Festival.

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Wentworth wrote: "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."

In 2012, a law was passed banning Gay Pride events in Moscow for 100 years. Last month, President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning gay couples from adopting Russian-born children.

Wentworth's letter was made public with his permission by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender campaign group GLADD.

Wilson Cruz, a spokesman for the organisation, said: "Wentworth's bold show of support sends a powerful message to LGBT Russians, who are facing extreme violence and persecution: you are not alone."


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