Target: Wentworth Miller
Goal: Applaud Wentworth Miller for coming out as gay
Wentworth Miller is an actor who is known for his role in the show Prison Break. The 41 year old actor declined an invitation to the St. Petersburg international film festival in Russia because of Russia’s policies on human rights. President Putin signed into law recently two new laws restricting the rights of gay people. One banned gay adoption and the other banned anything that promoted gay rights.
In the letter that he wrote, Miller identified himself as a gay man. He said, “As a gay man, I must decline.” This was a big step for Miller because there have always been rumors about his sexual orientation, and he has been questioned about it in the past. In 2007, he denied being gay and told the public that he was straight and would love to have a girlfriend.
After he came out as gay in the letter, Miller explained why he could not come to Russia. He chose to not come until the discrimination of gay people is put to an end in the country. He wrote, “I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government.”
Miller’s nonchalant manner of coming out shows that he views being gay as no big deal, because it is really not a big deal. After years of denying his sexual orientation, Miller is now comfortable with it and has come out to the public. Commend the actor for being open about his sexuality by signing the petition below.
Dear Wentworth Miller,
It can always be difficult to come out as gay, but your situation is different because as an actor your private life sometimes becomes public. There has always been speculation about your sexual orientation, and you have always denied being gay in the past. Now, you have decided to be open about your sexuality and come out as gay.
In a letter, you explained why you had to decline an invitation to the International Film Festival in St. Petersburg. Russia has very discriminative policies towards the LGBT community, and you said that as a gay man you cannot go to Russia because you are troubled by the oppression that is going on.
When you did not even have to reveal your sexual orientation, you chose to because you are comfortable with it and it will help to change people’s attitudes about the LGBT community. Your casual approach to coming out will show many people that it is not a big deal. Thank you for your courage.
[Your Name Here]
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