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Miller was invited to the Petersburg International Film Festival in Russia by director Maria Averbakh. The 41-year-old declined the invitation by calling out Russia’s mistreatment of the LGBT community and revealing that as a gay man he refuses to attend.
The star wrote in his letter: "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. If circumstances improve, I’ll be free to make a different choice."
The letter was later posted on GLAAD’s website on Aug. 21. Following Wentworth’s revelation, fans and celebs, including Wentworth's Prison Break co-star Amaury Nolasco, took to Twitter to show their support.
I applaud my boy, Wentworth Miller's courageousness. I'm proud of you brother, for standing up for what you believe in. Enough is enough!— Amaury Nolasco (@amaury_nolasco) August 22, 2013
Well done, Wentworth Miller. Bravo.— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) August 21, 2013
Happy for Wentworth Miller.— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) August 22, 2013
Very proud of Wentworth Miller representing us... 41 year olds so thoughtfully.— Greg Berlanti (@GBerlanti) August 21, 2013
little behind on the news: Good for Wentworth Miller!!! #courage— Andy Cohen (@BravoAndy) August 22, 2013
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