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.
Said GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz: “Wentworth’s bold show of support sends a powerful message to LGBT Russians: you are not alone. “As people from across the globe continue to speak out against this horrific law, more celebrities and corporations should follow his courageous lead in openly condemning Russia’s anti-LGBT law.”
Young seems to be focused on the impact his actions can have on others, telling TMZ, “Iâ€™m hoping to be able to make a difference…Itâ€™s very important to me that people understand that someoneâ€™s sexual preference doesnâ€™t really matter. Itâ€™s about the person.” The WWE also commented that Young was planning to spend Thursday at an anti-bullying event “to teach children how to create positive environments for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation.”
The first relative I came out to was my aunt Teri, a superior court judge in San Francisco. Her reaction surprised me. “I’ve known you were gay for years,” she said. From that moment on I was comfortable in my own skin. In her presence I ignored my censor button for the first time. She gave me support. The relief I felt was a sweet release. Imagine you’re in the oven, baking. Some of us know and accept our sexuality right away and some need more time to cook. I should know — I baked for 33 years.
…as soon as he walked out to a cheering crowd displaying flags of his native Puerto Rico, boxing’s first openly gay fighter could finally breathe and do what he came to do, slugging his way to a victory by unanimous decision over Jorge Pazos.
“That was my moment, my opportunity, my event,” Cruz said Friday night after the bout, his mother, Dominga Torres-Rivera, seated beside him. “And I won.”
Cruz was touched by the support on display at the Kissimmee Civic Center outside Orlando, the latest in a continual outpouring since his announcement two weeks ago that made him the first active male athlete in a major sport to come out.