As the anti-gay laws being passed in some countries, more and more celebrities are making a statement and one hunk celebrity just made a one hell of a statement today.
41-year old actor and Prison Break star Wentworth Miller, came 'Out' as gay to the public by declining an invitation from the director St. Petersburg International Film Festival to attend the event as a guest of honor.
He wrote in his letter:
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.
It was so good move for Wentworth to take the invitation to the film festival as an opportunity to stand up for his fellow gays in Russia. His coming out is another “powerful” statement of support to the LGTB community who are being hated and condemned in Russia in connection with its anti-LGBT law.
Recently implemented, the anti-LGBT law has stirred controversies. The new law has banned "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations around minors," including the public discussion of gay rights and relationships anywhere children might hear it. The law banned the promotion of gay, lesbian or bisexual lifestyles and making foreign tourists who are members of the LGBT community subject to arrest.
The law has been condemned by Russian and international human rights groups as highly discriminatory and have been criticized throughout Hollywood.