If you thought Jodie Foster’s Golden Globes pseudo coming out was unique, “Prison Break” star Wentworth Miller has seen her effort and raised her one.
Miller, 41, declared his sexual orientation in a letter to the Russian government. In the Aug. 21 letter to the St. Petersburg International Festival, the actor declined an invitation to attend citing his distress over the government’s treatment of gay people.
“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,” Miller wrote in the letter posted on GLAAD’s site and was first reported by E!. “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,” he concluded.
Miller was objecting to a law that went into effect on July 3rd which bans promotion of gay, lesbian or bisexual lifestyles and makes foreign tourists who are members of the LGBT community subject to arrest. The law, signed by Russian president Vladimir Putin, has been subject of much criticism around the world.
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