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Wentworth Miller Comes Out As Gay Refusing Invite To Russian Film Festival

It wasn't a closely held secret but 'Prison Break' star Wentworth Miller has finally come out as gay in a letter slamming Russia's new anti-LGBT legislation.

"Thank you for your kind invitation," he writes to organizers of the St. Petersburg International Film Festival in Russia.

"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," he explains.

"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. -- Wentworth Miller"

The letter has been posted to GLAAD's website.

"Wentworth's bold show of support sends a powerful message to LGBT Russians, who are facing extreme violence and persecution: you are not alone," says GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz.

"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."

August 22, 2013 |

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