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posted Friday, August 23 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 34
Prison Break star breaks out of the closet - Wentworth Miller reveals he is Gay in letter to Russian film festival
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Prison Break star breaks out of the closet - Wentworth Miller reveals he is Gay in letter to Russian film festival

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Prison Break star Wentworth Miller came out as Gay this week after being invited to attend the St. Petersburg International Film Festival in Russia.

'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,' the 41-year-old wrote in a letter to the festival's director, which was posted on GLAAD's website. '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 actor went on to explain. '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.'

Miller was, of course, referring to Russia's new anti-Gay laws, which include a ban on 'propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations' as part of an effort to promote traditional Russian values over Western liberalism and prohibit the adoption of Russian-born children to national and international same-sex couples.

'Perhaps, when and if circumstances improve, I'll be free to make a different choice,' concluded Miller.

In a statement, GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz praised Miller's decision to come out, noting that the actor's 'bold show of support sends a powerful message to LGBT Russians,' telling them they are not alone.

Prison Break aired on the Fox TV network from 2005 to 2009.

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