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Wentworth Miller Comes Out as Gay in Letter Declining Invite to Russian Film Festival

Prison Break actor Wentowrth Miller came out of the closet today in a letter to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival declining an invitation to appear there.

MillerWrote Miller in a letter published on GLAAD's website:

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.

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 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.

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

Said GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz: "Wentworth's bold show of support sends a powerful message to LGBT Russians: you are not alone. "As people from across the globe continue to speak out against this horrific law, more celebrities and corporations should follow his courageous lead in openly condemning Russia's anti-LGBT law."

During his time acting on Prison Break, Miller repeatedly denied he was gay. He was also tied to actor Luke McFarlane.

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  1. Yummy. Definitely the best news to come out of this whole Russia thing.

    Posted by: John | Aug 21, 2013 6:41:34 PM


  2. We need a whole lot more of this.

    Posted by: David | Aug 21, 2013 6:45:09 PM


  3. Good for him. And an eloquent way of standing up to Russia.

    Posted by: fairi5fair | Aug 21, 2013 6:46:54 PM


  4. Good for him!

    Posted by: Adam | Aug 21, 2013 6:47:11 PM


  5. He could get the D.

    Posted by: Munro | Aug 21, 2013 6:49:18 PM


  6. Can a fan of Wentworth's please tell us if he ever denied being gay in the past? If you know of any denials, can you tell us how many times?

    Never forget the time that Neil Patrick Harris's publicist said of his client, "He's not of that persuasion."

    Posted by: Hmmm. | Aug 21, 2013 6:55:07 PM


  7. And he is freaking 41 years old ?! He looks 21.

    Posted by: AndyTowlette | Aug 21, 2013 6:58:24 PM


  8. What a great and wonderful thing for him to do. Thank you so very much.

    Posted by: gary | Aug 21, 2013 6:59:44 PM


  9. I vaguely remember Dominic Purcell stating that Wentworth Miller wasn't gay...

    Posted by: autechre | Aug 21, 2013 7:00:40 PM


  10. Very classy and well done.

    Posted by: renovato | Aug 21, 2013 7:02:14 PM


  11. He's 41 ????? NO WAY!!!

    Posted by: AdamTh | Aug 21, 2013 7:02:30 PM


  12. That photo is old and is a photo of when Wentworth was on Prison Break, which hasn't been on air for a few years now.

    Wentworth never denied being gay. He wasn't closeted. Rumors were he was dating Luke McFarlane but who knows if that's true.

    He being gay and coming out is awesome but that's not really the big deal. The big deal is how he's coming out and taking a stand against Russia's hate. He has integrity. Good for him. We're proud of you, Wentworth.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Aug 21, 2013 7:08:18 PM


  13. Sure wish he was working more. Would love to see him in more roles. Not much on his IMDB resume lately.

    Posted by: AriesMatt | Aug 21, 2013 7:09:08 PM


  14. Oh wait, nevermind. He did deny it. In a 2007 interview. In 2007, he said "No, I'm not gay" in an Australian interview in 2007. In later interviews, he didn't deny it, which is what I was thinking of.

    Dominic Purcell did also say Wentworth wasn't gay (there were rumors he and Wentworth were dating).

    It would be nice to see actors come out when their careers are actually moving upward or at the height of their careers but not many have. At least he's done it now in this way.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Aug 21, 2013 7:13:22 PM


  15. He actually has denied he's gay. It was reported on this very site:

    http://www.towleroad.com/2007/09/prison-breaks-w.html

    Posted by: rippppper | Aug 21, 2013 7:15:58 PM


  16. Thank you for doing this Wentworth...in the method you chose and in a time of your choosing.

    Posted by: Paul B. | Aug 21, 2013 7:24:11 PM


  17. Big deal! He hasn't been on TV in a long time. He's nothing special. When I get my big break, I will be out from day one!

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 21, 2013 7:25:46 PM


  18. Excellent, and well said: simple, to the point. Bravo to him.

    Whatever his past denials, he is saying something now, when he has an opportunity to make a small difference. (As opposed to some actors who time their coming outs with a book deal or other such self-serving publicity.)

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 21, 2013 7:31:39 PM


  19. Welcome home Wentworth. Now on to important matters, who are you dating? Inquiring minds wants to know!

    Posted by: Mikke | Aug 21, 2013 7:34:09 PM


  20. Perfect timing. POW! Love it.

    Posted by: colin | Aug 21, 2013 7:39:59 PM


  21. Gosh, I remember him from Mariah Carey's back-to-back music videos back in 2005? 2006? I had never seen Prison Break, but he caught my attention with his cameos in the video. What a looker!

    Posted by: Jamie | Aug 21, 2013 7:40:57 PM


  22. It sort of a drip-drip-drip of middle aged TV stars coming out of the closet. It would be nice if the rate were faster.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 21, 2013 7:41:42 PM


  23. His publicist wouldn't "comment on my client's private life" when asked.

    Posted by: S. | Aug 21, 2013 7:47:35 PM


  24. Bravo!

    Posted by: Jeff | Aug 21, 2013 7:54:19 PM


  25. This Queen has sucked every cock from Silverlake to the Sunset Strip. Nothing new to report after years of denials despite paparazzi photos of he and his boyfriends.

    Posted by: Kissyfur | Aug 21, 2013 7:55:00 PM


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