The actor and screenwriter Wentworth Miller, the star of US drama Prison Break, has publicly disclosed he is gay in a letter declining an invitation to be a guest of honour at the St Petersburg international film festival in protest against Russia's recently adopted anti-gay laws.
In his letter Miller, 41, who starred in the Fox show, wrote: "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."
The letter was written to the film festival's director, Maria Averbach, and was posted on the GLAAD website, which monitors media representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and issues.
The actor and producer, who was born in Britain, added: "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."
Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, signed a law in July banning the adoption of Russian-born children by gay couples. In June another bill classified "homosexual propaganda" as pornography, with fines and arrests for those making it accessible to minors. Last year a law was passed banning gay pride events in Moscow for the next 100 years.
Huhu... I was like... OMG?!
Dati kasi, nung kasagsagan pa ng Prison Break, napupuyat ako kakanood nun. Yan lang ang tyinaga kong panoorin, wala ng ibang series. At si Momcy na walang kahilig hilig sa TV eh naadik rin jan. As in, madaling araw na natutulog matapos lang niya.
Anyway, I have nothing against gays and lesbians. Pero wag naman sana ang susunod eh si Channing Tatum na ang maglaladlad. Nooo!