"Prison Break" actor Wentworth Miller has come out of the closet. Unlike WWE star Darren Young who told a reporter about the issue during an encounter at LAX or "Fred" actor Lucas Cruikshank who revealed his sexual preference in a YouTube video, the Michael Scofield depicter opened up about his sexuality in a letter to the director of a Russian film festival.
"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," he said, as quoted by GLAAD on its site. "However, as a gay man, I must decline."
Miller added, "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."
The LGBT organization applauded Miller's decision to decline the invitation. GLAAD's spokesperson Wilson Cruz said in a statement, "Wentworth's bold show of support sends a powerful message to LGBT Russians: you are not alone. As people from across the globe continue to speak out against this horrific law, more celebrities and corporations should follow his courageous lead in openly condemning Russia's anti-LGBT law."
Russia recently passed law which is deemed discriminating LGBT community. The country does not allow adoption of Russian children to same-sex couples as well as any couple in countries which have higher acceptance towards same-sex relationship. President Putin also has passed law which will impose penalties such as fine, arrest and deportation to people who are seen doing "LGBT propaganda" such as holding hands or wearing t-shirt with a certain message.
Earlier in June, Elton John faced protest from a Russian organization prior to his concert in the city of Krasnodar. They claimed John spread "homosexual propaganda" with his flashy stage outfits. Besides, Madonna was once unsuccessfully sued by some people after saying that LGBT community should be "treated with dignity."