Wentworth Miller announced today that he is gay as he takes a stand against homophobia in Russia.
The “Prison Break” actor declined an invitation for the Russian film festival after the country passed anti-gay laws.
The 41-year-old actor had been asked to attend the St. Petersburg International Film Festival.
In his reply, Miller writes, “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”.
Wentworth Miller adds that if things change he would make a different decision, adding that he has a “degree of Russian ancestry” and had enjoyed visiting the country in the past.
The actor was praised by GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz for taking a stand for the LGBT community.
Cruz said, “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”.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law in July banning the adoption of Russian-born children by gay couples.
In June, Putin signed a bill that classified “homosexual propaganda” as pornography, which would lead to fines and arrest if it was accessible to minors.
A law passed in 2012 also banned public gay pride events in Moscow for the next 100 years.
The Russian laws have caused some concern among athletes that will be going to Russia for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Wentworth Miller landed at number ten on the “World’s Sexiest Man” poll by Cosmopolitan in 2008.