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article imageWentworth Miller comes out, declines Russian invite

By Mathew Wace Peck     Aug 22, 2013 in Politics
Wentworth Miller, the American actor, screenwriter and star of Prison Break, has come out as gay in a letter reproduced on the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) website.
Miller had been invited to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival, but declined to attend because of Russia's new anti-gay law.
In his reply to Ms. Averbakh, the festival's director, the 41-year-old says, "as a gay man, I must decline," going on to explain that he is "deeply troubled" by Russia's lawful brutality towards the LGBT community. He concludes, "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."
Wilson Cruz, a spokesperson for GLAAD, said of the actor's stance, "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."
Wentworth Miller is best known for playing Michael Scofield in the Fox TV drama series Prison Break — which ran for four seasons between 2005 and 2009 — and the movie Prison Break: The Final Break (2009). He made his screenwriting debut with Stoker, which was directed by Chan-wook Park. Currently he is adapting the psychological thriller Scare Me.
The full text of Miller's letter has been made available through the GLAAD website.
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