Wentworth Miller Comes Out as Gay in Response to Russian Film Fest Invitation

Wentworth Miller
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GLAAD touts actor/scribe for publicly condemning anti-LGBT law

Prison Break” star and “Stoker” scribe Wentworth Miller came out as gay in a letter sent Wednesday to the St. Petersburg International Film Fest, declining to participate because of Russia’s anti-LGBT laws.

“I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government,” Miller wrote. “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.”

GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz released a statement: “Wentworth’s bold show of support sends a powerful message to LGBT Russians, who are facing extreme violence and persecution: you are not alone. 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.”

Russia’s anti-LGBT legislation have attracted international censure since the nation’s parliament passed a law in June, which bans “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” and imposes fines on those holding gay pride rallies.

Read Miller’s full letter here.

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  1. warren wilson says:

    In this utopian New World Order, on this progressive media outlet, in this atmosphere of “tolerance”, in this MODERATED forum, will my comments be stricken if they are out of step with the LGBT agenda? If I am as tolerant of my grandparents’ Biblical views as I am of those of my beloved friends and family who have chosen homosexuality -although most say it chose them- will I be silenced?
    Or are my views irrelevant if they even acknowledge those of our predecessors?
    So what’s better, “tolerating” some of each other or truly embracing each other with differing beliefs?

  2. mrgbook says:

    Bravo Wentworth for not just taking a stand – but a really meaningful one. In fact your action was just covered on (LA’s) ABC Channel 7; and will be elsewhere I’m sure! Your powerful performances in the
    outstanding & addictive series “Prison Break” has left an indelible impression and portends your gifts and a very bright future… For all who have appreciated your work, your brave & forthright action will strike a particularly gratifying cord and your raised voice speaks volumes for all who despise Russia’s cruel & bigotted law. Again, our cheers – and thanks, hoping many of your contemporaries will be moved to join your strong & brave stand!

  3. John T says:

    Well done Mr. Miller, well done. Thank you

  4. And in other news Putin is so far in the closet he can see the dry wall.

  5. Stevie says:

    I never would have guessed he was gay in a million years (and I’m gay). If only I had shaken his hand (with the secret handshake) then I would have known (joke).
    I wonder if he’s really gay, or just going to bat for the gay people? trying to help them out?

  6. jj says:

    POW! Perfect timing. Very classy.

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