Posted: 8:39 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013
By Julia Wayne
Congratulations are in order for Prison Break stud Wentworth Miller, who came out as a gay man this week and, in the process, stood up for LGBT rights in a public statement against Russia’s “don’t tell, don’t get arrested” anti-gay policy.
With the Olympics slated to take place in Russia next winter, there has been a ton of attention turned to the nation’s anti-gay policies, and plenty of celebrities stepping up to share their opinions on the matter. And the Olympics aren’t the only festival taking place in Russia that have celebrities speaking up.
Wentworth received a letter from St. Petersburg International Film Festival inviting him to attend the second annual event, but turned it down — and came out to the public in the process.
"Thank you for your kind invitation,” Wentworth wrote in a letter to festival organizer Maria Averbakh that was later posted to GLAAD’s website. “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.”
He continues, “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.”
Cue the tingly feeling we’re getting as we get choked up over his beautifully written call out of the policies that have Olympic athletes fearing for their lives rather than looking forward to showing off their prowess. Wentworth concluded that “if circumstances improve, I’ll be free to make a different choice.”
GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz couldn’t be any happier about the timing or the way Wentworth expressed his stand. “Wentworth's bold show of support sends a powerful message to LGBT Russians: you are not alone," he says. "As people from across the globe continue to speak out against this horrific law, more celebrities and corporations should follow his courageous lead in openly condemning Russia's anti-LGBT law."Source: E! News