Criticizes Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws
Popular actor, Wentworth Miller, who many will remember for his role in Prison Break has openly confessed to being a homosexual. Wentworth who acted Michael Scoffield, the structural engineer who helped his brother break out of prison stunned a large number of his fans with the confession on Wednesday.
The declaration came in form of an open letter to the Director of the St. Petersburg Film Festival in Russia, for which he had been invited. Miller however declined the invitation citing Russia’s anti-gay laws for his refusal to attend.
Miller, 41, who also starred in Resident Evil: Afterlife was invited to the festival in his capacity as a screenwriter and producer.
His letter to the Director of the Film Festival reads in part, “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 now way acceptable. 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.”
Russian President, Vladimir Putin, in June, signed an act banning the “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations”. The laws impose heavy fines on anyone organising a gay pride event or providing information about homosexuality to people under 18.