Dang! And Wentworth Miller was in line to be my boo after Idris, Michael B. Jordan, Nate Parker…and a few other people.
The biracial actor, known for his role as Michael Scofield, the main character from FOX’s Prison Break, recently revealed that he is gay. He did so in an effort to protest against laws in Russia that put fines on people who are accused of trying to promote or spread “non-traditional sexual relations,” specifically to minors. They also have banned rallies promoting gay pride, and have banned same-sex couples from adopting Russian-born children.
The 41-year-old actor and screenwriter was invited to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival in the country, but declined to attend because he disapproves of the way the Russian government treats homosexuals.
Miller wrote an open letter to festival organizers where he came out, but also further explained his decision:
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.
Miller’s own mother is of Russian descent (and Lebanese, French, Dutch and Syrian), which is what he refers to in the letter, while his father is African American, Jamaican, English, German, and Jewish…with a side of Cherokee. While we’re sure festival organizers weren’t pleased with his decision, the folks at GLAAD (the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) have openly commended him for his stance, including actor and GLAAD representative Wilson Cruz. “Wentworth’s bold show of support sends a powerful message to LGBT Russians, who are facing extreme violence and persecution: you are not alone.”