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  • Tye-Grr
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    From the Hollywood Reporter:

    Wentworth Miller Comes Out as Gay in Letter Slamming Russia’s LGBT Crackdown
    3:40 PM PDT 8/21/2013 by Aaron Couch

    Prison Break star Wentworth Miller has come out as gay in a letter rejecting an offer to be honored at the St. Petersburg International Film Festival.

    “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,” Miller wrote in a letter to festival director Maria Averbakh.

    He goes on to cite Russia’s recent crackdown on gay, lesbian and transgendered people as his reason for declining the invitation.

     

    “I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government,” he writes. “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.”

    Russian president Vladimir Putin recently signed laws banning the promotion of gay, lesbian or bisexual lifestyles and making foreign tourists who are members of the LGBT community subject to arrest. The laws went into effect July 3, and have been criticized throughout Hollywood and the international community. They have also sparked worries that travelers to Russia’s 2014 Winter Olympics could be arrested.

    Miller, who is from England, starred in Fox’s Prison Break from 2005 to 2009. While it had been speculated in the tabloid press that he was gay, he had not publicly spoken about his sexual orientation until the letter was published Tuesday.

    Read the complete text of his letter below, which was posted on GLAAD‘s website.

    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. Until then.

    Wentworth Miller

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    Tye-Grr
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    It’s not that this is a huge deal or anything, but I thought it was worth posting for his stance against Russia’s government, and for the LGBT community in general. 

    I think it’s great that he didn’t “come out” in a big way on a magazine cover, and I hope that people like him (and Neil Patrick Harris, Lee Daniels, Bryan Singer, Ian McKellen, Zachary Quinto, Amber Heard, Ellen Degeneres, Portia de Rossi, etc.) will help make it easier for other closeted actors/writers/directors to be open about their sexuality. 

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    Renaton
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    While it is definitely one of those “we all knew it already”, it’s good to see him opening up about it and doing it to stand against Russia.

    Also, I always forget that Wentworth Miller writer of Stoker is the same Wentworth Miller, star of Prison Break. 

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    Tye-Grr
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    While it is definitely one of those “we all knew it already”, it’s good to see him opening up about it and doing it to stand against Russia.

    Also, I always forget that Wentworth Miller writer of Stoker is the same Wentworth Miller, star of Prison Break. 

    LOL! True! On both accounts.

    He’s working on writing several other projects apparently, trying to reinvent himself it seems.

    Supposedly, one of his projects is adapting the book ‘The Story of Edgar Sawtelle’ to be produced by Oprah Winfrey and Tom Hanks (it was a selection from Oprah’s book club).  

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    Riley
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    I think that we have pretty much known this since Prison Break.  Good to see him using it against Russia’s craziness.

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    Tye-Grr
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    ^LOL! Yeah, many suspected. But I’m glad he’s not coming out just to grab headlines, and that he did it to stand up for something he belivees in and to stand up to Russia’s whacko laws. Next step: changing them from hosting the Olympics. 

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    babypook
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    I may ‘boycott’ Sochi in my own way. I did for Beijing, against the heinous government and the ruthless way they displaced their citizens to make room for the ‘games’, etc.

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    vinny
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    This was surprising. I gotta give him credit for doing this against the craziness that is going on in Russia.

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    babypook
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    They’re so misguided. They posture as if they’re “protecting” the children, but in reality they are harming them in such an insidious way. Censorship in almost every case never did anything for anyone. Fools.

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    Tye-Grr
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    Wentworth opens up about trying to kill himself at age 15. I think it’s a great thing that he’s opening up about all of this, as it could help other young gay people who may be having similar thoughts about suicide. LINK

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