“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.”
Wentworth Miller to Maria Averbakh, director of the St. Petersburg International Film Festival.