ByTheodore Donald Kerabatsos, writer at Creators.co
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The latest star to join the backlash against Russia's anti-gay laws is Prison Break star, , who has refused to be honored at the St Petersburg International Film Festival on account of the new laws.

"As a gay man, I must decline."

Yes, , the screenwriter of the upcoming Stoker, has confirmed that he is gay. He wrote in a letter to festival director Maria Averbakh that:

"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,"

Speculation had been rife about Miller's orientation for a while now, but I'm not one for the indulging in the rumor mill on this topic. After all, chitter-chattering about how this-or-that actor 'must be gay' because he is never seen with women/appears effeminate/acted convincingly gay on screen/moisturizes seems rather reductive.

This is another example of how LGBT equality is progressing in the Western world. First of all, Miller must be applauded for the casual manner (not that it was necessarily a casual decision) in which he disclosed this information, as a secondary point to a wider issue. In comparison to coming out with a ton of fanfare, a more casual disclosure indicates that it just isn't a big deal anymore.

Furthermore, after his initial announcement, he went on to express his dissatisfaction with the new laws passed by Vladimir Putin's government.

"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."

Bravo. That's all there is to say. Given the Government's stance to LGBT people, it's understandable that receiving an honorary award from the film festival would be hollow. It's even better that he's used this as an opportunity to spread awareness of both LGBT rights, and of this heinous law.

The current backlash is in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's passing of laws on July 3rd against "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors," a law which also applies to any LGBT visitors to Russia. In protest, many have called for a boycott of the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014, and bars around the world have stopped stocking Russian vodka in protest.

The letter, in full as it was published on the GLAAD website, is published below:

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

So, is the latest star to join the protest. I don't think Hollywood's disdain for this law will be letting up any time soon. Do you think a boycott of the Winter Olympics is a necessary step? Or is that in itself reductive? What do you propose? Get in touch below!

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