“Thank you for your kind invitation,” Miller began. “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.”
Out magazine, which recently named Miller its Newsmaker of the Year, wrote that there “have been many powerful coming-out statements, but few as elegant and considered as Miller’s letter.” He went on to criticize the Russian government for denying its LGBT residents “their basic right to live and love openly.” But the story didn’t end there. At a Human Rights Campaign event in September, Miller spoke about his difficult teenage years, including a suicide attempt at age 15, sharing his story in the hope that it would encourage others to seek help.