Ever since his debut on the 2005 Fox television series Prison Break, rumors have been swirling if actor Wentworth Miller is gay. After receiving an invitation to attend the St. Petersburg International Film Festival, he, “as a gay man, must decline” in light of Russia’s anti-LGBT laws.
“I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government,” Miller wrote to the organization in a letter. “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. Until then.”
Russia implemented several anti-LGBT laws including banning any forms of “homosexual propaganda.” Because of Russia’s stance on LGBT issues, they conflict with international events staged in Russia like the 2014 Winter Olympics and the Miss Universe pageant.
The 41-year-old actor also has a “degree of Russian ancestry.”
“Wentworth’s bold show of support sends a powerful message to LGBT Russians, who are facing extreme violence and persecution: you are not alone,” said GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz in a press release. ” 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.”
Since acting, he’s kept a low-key profile in acting and focused on screenwriting. Most recently, he worked on the thriller film entitled Stoker starring Nicole Kidman.