'Prison Break' Star
Wentworth Miller Comes
Out as Gay
In a moment inspired by solidarity and activism, Wentworth Miller revealed that he is gay.
The Prison Break star's decision to come out was inspired by the anti-LGBT legislation in Russia. When the 41-year-old star was invited to appear as the Guest of Honor at the St. Petersburg International Film Festival, he declined the offer in a letter, published on GLAAD's website.
He explained he wasn't interested in supporting an event hosted by "a country where people like myself are being systematically fenied their basic right to live and love openly."
"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 yes," he wrote to the festival's director. "However, as a gay man, I must decline."
He went on to say, "I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government."
Fans and fellow actors alike have shown support for Wentworth's decision to come out, and praised his effort to do so in a way that called out Russian inequality, a situation that he called "in no way acceptable." Neil Patrick Harris showed his support for the actor online.
He tweeted, "Well done, Wentworth Miller. Bravo."