Wentworth Miller Gay – Strikes out at Vladimir Putin

Wentworth Miller Prison Break Image

Wentworth Miller had recently received an invitation to St. Petersburg, Russia, where it was hoped he would attend the film festival. However, Russia’s treatment of its gay population has left little to be desired, prompting global condemnation. These actions have also provoked Miller to immediately cancel his plans to visit Russia, striking out at Vladimir Putin’s country with great wit and dignity.

In a letter to the film festival’s director, Maria Averbakh, Miller announced he was gay:

“It would make me happy to say yes… However, as a gay man, I must decline.”

Wentworth Miller’s sexuality had been questioned and pondered over by the media on previous occasion. However, Miller remained completely silent on the subject, in an attempt to preserve a modest degree of privacy.

Wentworth Miller ImageThe 41-year-old, famous for his roles in the fantastic Prison Break, and his appearances in a number of blockbuster films, articulated his disappointment over the Russian government’s “… treatment of gay men and women…”

Despite homosexuality becoming legalized in Russia, during the early 90s, it is perhaps fair to say that, as a country, Russia still remains relatively unenlightened; anti-gay sentiment and homophobia is a huge problem across much of the country and, judging by the government’s response to the controversial issue, it does not seem likely to be resolved any time soon.

The legal system has been amended to preclude the promotion of gay or bisexual activities and, in June, the Russian parliament supported constitutional changes that would result in penalties for any individual found to be involved in arranging a gay pride event. Likewise, any individual caught providing details regarding homosexuality to the underage would also face hefty fines. These acts would be defined as gay propaganda, and are now classified as criminal acts. According to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), this apparent propaganda would extend to homosexuals holding hands in public and announcing pro-gay sentiments.

Vladimir Putin also introduced a law preventing same-sex couples from adopting children born in Russia; this even extended to couples that inhabited regions where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) attitudes were legal and accepted. This is likely part of the reason Wentworth Miller has decided to strike out against the country and cancel his trip.

In a final coup de grĂ¢ce, during the closing statements of his letter, Wentworth went for the jugular:

“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.”

Meanwhile, the persecution of LGBT members of Russian communities has stirred considerable strife across the country. There are even reports of gay citizens being kidnapped and tortured by a battalion of depraved, Russian skinheads.

None the less, Wentworth Miller’s courageous stance against Vladimir Putin and his dictatorial government is something to be envied, striking out against injustice and inequality. Hopefully, this will generate sufficient public interest to ensure awareness of these heinous, discriminatory acts, in the hope that genuine change might be enacted. Forget about whether Miller is straight, gay or bisexual; his graceful actions have shown true character and leadership.

By: James Fenner

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One Response to "Wentworth Miller Gay – Strikes out at Vladimir Putin"

  1. Shannon Perley (@RVboondocker)   August 22, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    According to this American gay actor, whose fame is unknown to me, Russia is a backward country that hasn’t received enlightenment as the United States has. I gave the famous gay unknown American actors pronouncement some thought, in what way is the United States enlightened concerning gay rights? The only thing notable I could think of concerning our enlightenment were oppressive laws that protect gays from any criticism let alone discrimination. I was reading recently how enlightened federal government employees have become concerning gay rights. Every year now, we have month-long celebrations for blacks, Mexicans, and now homosexuals, which brings up the question of our holiday for normal wasps. This month-long homosexual holiday as an acronym which I cannot remember, which has the words gay lesbian transvestite and transsexual in some order to make an acronym for this holiday. Obama who is reported to be a homosexual, created rules for federal employees that during this homosexual month-long celebration, that when they attended parties of any kind they were to introduce their wives as spouses, so as not to offend the homosexuals. And in the federal offices, they are required to put up little signs and posters to celebrate the homosexual holiday, and it was also suggested that federal employees smile and engage people on these holidays and enthusiastically support homosexual rights and not sit silent in their cubicles. I watched Pres. Obama giving a speech to Congress last week where all the Democrats were wearing little homosexual ribbons celebrating homosexual month. I was wondering how any Christian could possibly work for the federal government under such restrictions? And of course these rules are not just for federal employees, they have trickled down to local governments and corporations. And of course there is the homosexual agenda that is being taught in our elementary schools against the will of the majority of American parents. I guess this is the enlightenment the homosexual actor was speaking of, of which the Russia is lacking

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