“Prison Break” star Wentworth Miller has come out. The actor announced that he was gay via a letter to Petersburg International Film Festival director Maria Averbakh, who had invited him to attend the event in Russia, People Magazine reported on Aug. 21.
Miller, 41, wrote that he was grateful for the “kind invitation,” but that "as a gay man I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government." This comes as a surprise to many fans whom hadn’t known the “Prison Break” actor was gay.
Wentworth Miller continued his coming out letter by saying "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. If circumstances improve, I'll be free to make a different choice."
In Russia violence against gays has been a reoccurring issue. Recently, a law was passed in the country restricted the adoption of Russian children to countries that allow same sex marriage.
What are your thoughts on Wentworth Miller coming out via letter in support of fair treatment for gay rights in Russia? Were you surprised by the “Prison Break” star’s letter?