Wentworth Milller, star of “Prison Break” and “Resident Evil: Afterlife”, has rejected an invitation to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival because he is gay. TMZ reported excerpts of the letter on Wednesday, which is Miller’s first public admittance of his sexuality.
The anger and outrage towards Russia’s anti-gay law and anti-gay violence is growing. A petition to move the Miss Universe Pageant has begun, along with pressure from the ADL on the United States to take some type of action. Wentworth Miller’s rejection letter to the director of the St. Petersburg International Film Festival will hopefully spark more professional refusals.
According to TMZ, the letter is the 41-year-old actor's first public admittance of his sexuality. Wentworth Miler declined the film festival’s invitation due to the country’s insolence towards gay people.
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. If circumstances improve, I'll be free to make a different choice.
For those who may not be aware, images of tortured and abused gay and lesbian teenagers have circulated the Internet thanks to the Russian government’s stance against gays. The Russian Parliament passed a law that bans “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations around minors”, even a mild discussion, which has been labeled as highly discriminatory. This anti-gay attitude has spread to extremists who have taken to the abuse and torture of gay and lesbian teens.
Wentworth Miller’s public rejection of the Russian invitation is in direct response to the above and hopefully one in a long list of refusals to the international film festival.
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