Wentworth Miller, the handsome 41-year-old star of Fox's "Prison Break", came out Wednesday as a gay man when he stood up against Russia's anti-gay propaganda laws. Wentworth had been invited to appear at the St. Petersburg International Film Festival, but declined due to Russia's recent enactment of anti-LGBT legislation. Miller wrote in a letter that as a gay man, he had to turn down the invitation, according to the Daily News on Aug. 21.
Miller said that as someone who enjoyed touring Russia in the past and who also claims "a degree" of Russian ancestry, it would have made him happy to accept their invitation. "However, as a gay man, I must decline", he wrote.
E! News reports the controversial law bans, "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations around minors". In effect it prohibits the public discussion of gay rights.
Miller said that he's, "deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government". He called the current situation in no way acceptable.
Wentworth was born in England, then raised in Brooklyn, New York, and is a graduate of Princeton University, according to IMDB.
In declining the film festival invite, he cited his conscience, explaining that he just could not participate in an event hosted by a country where people like himself, "are being systemically denied their basic right to live and love openly".
Russia's new laws intended to suppress homosexuality just may end up galvanizing a movement in the other direction. Miller obviously hopes his bold decision to come out publicly will help towards that end.
Oscar winning actress Tilda Swinton, Bravo's Andy Cohen, 'Star Trek' actor George Takei and even Lady Gaga and just some of the more stars who are speaking out against Russia's new laws.
Miller did leave one caveat, saying if the situation were ever to improve he might change his mind.
Don't count on that anytime soon.