Wentworth Miller, Tilda Swinton, Lady Gaga and More Stars Rally Against Russia's Anti-Gay Laws

From refusing to attend film festivals to urging Olympic boycott, Hollywood shows support for oppressed LGBT community

By Rebecca Macatee Aug 22, 2013 3:39 PMTags
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Wentworth Miller publicly came out as a gay man to show his opposition to Russia's anti-gay laws.

But the Prison Break star isn't the only celeb lending his support to the country's LGBT community in the face of the country's controversial law banning "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations around minors," which prohibits the public discussion of gay rights. Tilda Swinton, Andy Cohen, Lady Gaga and more stars are also making their voices heard.

Last month, Swinton publicly protested the law by holding up a rainbow flag in Moscow. HuffPost Gay Voices blogger Scott Wooledge retweeted a photo depicting this, noting the actress' courage while pointing out that tourists showing opposition in the same way could face up to 15 days in jail.


Gaga, a longtime supporter of gay rights, tweeted about the "criminal" Russian government, writing: "Oppression will be met with revolution. Russian LGBTs you are not alone. We will fight for your freedom."

Cohen announced last week that he would not return to his usual post as cohost of Miss Universe this year due to the pageant being held in Russia. The Watch What Happens Live host stated the country's "discriminatory policies make it unsafe for the gays who live there and gays coming to work or visit."

Other stars are urging a boycott against the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, during which Russia's sports minister has said that the government plans to enforce the anti-gay law.

Former Star Trek actor George Takei blogged that Russia's "cynical and deplorable actions against the LGBT community have given license to hate groups within its borders to act with violence and impunity against a group, based solely on whom they were born to love." He also appeared on MSNBC's The Last Word and stated, "We must get [the Olympics] out of Russia—it is an intolerable solution."

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British actor Stephen Fry penned an appeal to the IOC stating that "an absolute ban on the Russian Winter Olympics of 2014 on Sochi is simply essential. Stage them elsewhere in Utah, Lilyhammer, anywhere you like. At all costs [Vladimir] Putin cannot be seen to have the approval of the civilised world."

The British actor denounced the Russian president, saying Putin "is making scapegoats of gay people, just as Hitler did Jews."