Actor Wentworth Miller, who starred in the TV show "Prison Break," didn't come out of the closet to quiet rumors about his sexual orientation. His revelation was an effort to take a stand against Russia's new anti-LGBT laws, one of which, as The Times' editorial board explains, "lays out heavy penalties for anyone who disseminates positive information to minors about 'nontraditional' relationships, a vague law that could be construed to mean that a gay couple holding hands in public would be in trouble if children were present."
Miller's protest came in the form of a letter to the director of the St. Petersburg International Film Festival, who'd invited him to attend as a guest of honor, reported The Times' Christie D'Zurilla. "As a gay man, I must decline," Miller wrote in the letter posted on GLAAD's website. "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."