Miller came clean with his sexual orientation in response to an invitation to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival in Russia. In Miller’s written RSVP to the festival’s director, Miller cited Russia’s recent anti-gay propaganda law as the reason he is publicly declining.
The full body of Miller’s letter, as posted on glaad.org, 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.”
GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz applauded Wilson’s decision.
“Wentworth's bold show of support sends a powerful message to LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender] Russians, who are facing extreme violence and persecution: you are not alone,” Cruz said. “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.”
Russia’s new law, passed earlier this year in preparation of the 2014 Olympics, has been sharply criticized. According to CNN, calls for protests and boycotts have been steadily increasing.
Last week, two female Russian athletes denied that their public smooth on the winner’s podium was an outward protest of their country’s anti-gay activism law.