Actor Wentworth Miller, best known for his role on Prison Break and writing the film Stoker, came out as a gay man today in a letter in which he also declined an invite to be a guest of honor at the St. Petersburg International Film Festival in Russia.
The actor wrote:
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.
His entire letter can be seen below.
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.