Well, this sucks.
According to a recent letter sent to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival on August 21, us women have to forget our hopes and dreams of ever marrying Wentworth Miller.
Wentworth is reported to have declined an invitation to the Film Festival on account of the country's anti-gay laws. After years of hiding his sexuality he chose this event to come out to the world.
This is a copy of the letter that was sent (via Glaad):
Wentworth Miller Letter to St. Petersburg International Film Festival
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.
Fourty one years is a long time to hide your sexual identity. Why, you ask? Miller told US Weekly that it made him nervous to come out early in his career. "I had multiple opportunities to come speak my truth, which was that I was gay, but I chose not to. I was out privately to family and friends - publicly I was not. I chose to lie - when I thought about the possibility of coming out, how that might impact me and the career I had worked so hard for, I was filled with fear."
According to a recent series of surverys by The Williams Institute of "Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy" - Wentworth had reason to be fearful.
It was discovered that:
- 15 to 43 percent of gay & transgender workers have experienced some sort of discrimination on the job
- 8 to 17 percent of gay and transgender workers report being passed over for a job or fired because of sexual orientation or gender identity
- 10 to 20 percent of gay and transgender workers have been passed over for a promotion because of sexual orientation or gender identity
- 7 to 41 percent of gay and transgender workers have been verbally or physically abused or had their workplace vandalized due to their sexual orienation or gender identity.
As scary as these stats are, there is light at the end of the tunnel. According to Catalyst.org, at this point in time 58% of Fortune 500 companies offer domestic partner benefits. Also, a whopping 87% of Fortune 500 companies have non-discrimination policies based on sexual orientation.
Brave celebs like Wentworth Miller will definitely set examples and continue raising awareness and conquering the problem we currently face with workplace inequality.