Wentworth Miller Comes Out in Letter to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival
Prison Break star and, more recently, Stoker screenwriter Wentworth Miller officially acknowledged his homosexuality Wednesday in a letter addressed to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival. Calling himself “a gay man,” Miller declines an invitation to the festival as its guest of honor, citing Russia’s recent violent and Draconian treatment of its LGBT citizens.
The letter, which was posted online by GLAAD, reads:
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.
Additionally, in a press statement, GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz said: “Wentworth’s bold show of support sends a powerful message to LGBT Russians, who are facing extreme violence and persecution: you are not alone. 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.”