In an open letter to Maria Averbakh, director of Saint Petersburg Film Festival, he mentioned that as a gay man, he is deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government. Below is a copy of the full letter as posted on www.glaad.org.
August 21, 2013
Re: St. Petersburg International Film Festival / "Guest of Honor" Invitation
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.
Okay, I have no right to retaliate and of course I am not doing that. I know it is his personal life and whatever he wants to do with it is none of my business. I am just a fan feeling lonely that my 41 year old Prison Break crush is gay. Nevertheless, I admire his courage and boldness, taking a stand against the Russian government.
Go Wentworth! I love you still!! :)
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