Actor Wentworth Miller coming out as gay last month wasn’t just a story of another celebrity coming out, it was a story of connection. When the “Prison Break” star came out in a rejection letter to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival for Russia’s anti-gay laws, it showcased his courage and also highlighted his journey in overcoming his internal struggles. As the New York Daily News reports on September 9, Miller has confessed that he tried commit suicide “more than once” in his struggle with his sexuality.
The confession was made on Saturday night as Miller gave a speech at the Human Rights Campaign Dinner in Seattle. He admits to attempting to take his own life when he was just 15 years old. Miller’s story was familiar story, a story of facing bullying and dealing with the internal conflict in living in a world that has a set definition of who you have to be.
“Growing up I was a target. Speaking the right way, standing the right way, holding your wrist the right way. Every day was a test and there was a thousand ways to fail.”
The 41-year-old actor said he lied about his sexuality when he began his career because he feared the impact it would have on his career. Like most actors, he feared it would have an effect on what kind of roles he would get casted in.
Wentworth Miller breaking his silence is more about instilling in others in similar situations that things do get better and can get better as long as you love and believe in yourself. He made a stand against something he truly didn’t believe in. As a result he revealed his sexuality with pride. Now he has many hands of support standing behind him.