Wentworth Miller has come out as gay and rejected an offer to be honored at the St. Petersburg International Film Festival in Russia. This is amidst the infamous passing of an anti-gay law in the country that stigmatizes gay people and bans giving children any information about homosexuality.
The heinous law that is supposed to promote traditional Russian values over Western liberalism has so far resulted in the abuse and public humiliation of gay people in the country.
Here is the complete text of Wentworth Miller's letter:
Dear Ms. Averbakh:
Thank you for your kind invitation. 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. 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.