In a letter to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival, Prison Break star Wentworth Miller has publically revealed that he is gay. Miller was invited to attend the festival as a guest of honor, but declined.
“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 stated before revealing the reason why he would not attend. “However, as a gay man, I must decline.”
Miller went on to describe his disappointment in the Russian government, showing his support for the LGBTQ community.
“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.”
A few months ago, Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a law banning promotion of any LGBTQ propaganda. Anyone who breaks that law is subject to being fined up to 200,000 rubles ($6,250) and detained. Foreigners will also face deportation. Not only has this bill helped to increase anti-LGBTQ violence in the country, it has stirred up a lot of controversy around the world, with some of it surrounding moving the 2014 Winter Olympics out of Russia.
Miller’s sexual orientation has been a topic in the past, and in several interviews earlier in his career, he had denied being gay. But now he has made a definitive statement speaking out against the Russian Anti-LGBTQ laws and standing up for the LGBTQ community.