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Wentworth Miller Reveals He Tried to Commit Suicide as a Closeted Gay Teen: VIDEO

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Wentworth Miller spoke at a Human Rights Campaign dinner in Seattle Saturday night, revealing that he tried to commit suicide multiple times because he could not handle being in the closet.

Said Miller:

"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...A thousand ways to portray yourself to not live up to someone else's standards of what was accepted....The first time I tried to kill myself I was 15. I waited until my family went away for the family and I was alone in the house and I swallowed a bottle of pills. I don't remember what happened over the next couple of days but I'm pretty sure come Monday morning I was on the bus back to school pretending everything was fine."

Miller said the suicide attempted was not a cry for help because "you only cry for help if there is help to cry for."

Of being gay in Hollywood, Miller confessed:

"I had multiple opportunities to speak my truth, which is that I was gay, but I chose not to. I was out privately to family and friends. Publicly, I was not. I chose to lie. When I thought about the possibility of coming out, how that might impact me and the career I worked so hard for, I was filled with fear."

He also spoke about whe he finally chose to come out via a letter declining an invitation to the St. Petersburg Film Festival, after a voice in his head told him that if it gave hope to even one person out there then it would be worth it.

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  1. Being in the presence of this man, vulnerable and raw with emotion was an honor. Yes, he lied. Yes, he stayed in the closet. But, the power of his story, moved me mostly because it was true and real and meaningful. Welcome Wentworth to a community and a home and a place where you get to choose your family; you get to belong.

    Posted by: Rob KIllian | Sep 9, 2013 6:00:09 PM


  2. I'm happy that he's come ot the other side stronger and happier. We can only wish him the best.

    Posted by: John | Sep 9, 2013 7:46:42 PM


  3. "He lied, deliberately, willfully, and now admittedly for the purpose of advancing his career and wealth."

    It's easy to pass judgement when your career and well-being is not threatened.

    I still believe that coming out is not an obligation to the gay community.

    Posted by: Topol | Sep 9, 2013 11:53:41 PM


  4. you show me an LGBT person whose "well being is not threatened" by Coming Out and I'll show you a unicorn.

    there is no such thing as "it's easier for some people to Come Out" - there is only "it's easier for some people to stay hidden"

    just remember - until the day you're out to anyone and everyone, you are still letting fear and bullies control your life.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Sep 10, 2013 3:23:38 AM


  5. When people say they "attempted suicide" I assume they can't do anything right.

    Posted by: Ben | Sep 10, 2013 12:28:01 PM


  6. those suicide tendencies can be real bad. had no idea the Prison Break star was gay.

    Posted by: marc | Sep 10, 2013 5:30:40 PM


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