Wentworth Miller reveals he is gay

Aug 21, 2013 at 9:47 p.m. ET

It has always been a rumor that Wentworth Miller is gay, but he took the opportunity of coming out to focus attention on a cause he believes in.

Wentworth Miller Wentworth Miller has come out and announced he is gay, and in a very public way.

The Prison Break star chose to come out because of a cause close to his heart. He was invited to attend the St. Petersburg International Film Festival, but wrote a letter to Director Maria Averbakh declining the invitation.

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"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," Miller wrote in the letter. "However, as a gay man, I must decline."

Politicians in Russia have recently taken strong stances on homosexuality in their country, and President Vladmir Putin signed a law in June banning "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations." The law also makes foreign tourists who are LGBT subject to arrest while in Russia.

Wentworth decided to take the opportunity to share his thoughts on Russia’s newest doctrine.

"I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government," Wentworth told Averbakh. "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."

The 41-year-old’s open letter to the film fest was posted to GLAAD.org, an organization Miller is a member of.

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Miller is not the first celeb to speak out against the anti-gay behavior in Russia. Madonna and Lady Gaga both brought their tours to the country, and both have been threatened with prosecution, likely due to their support of LGBT issues.

Andy Cohen also backed out of his Miss Universe hosting gig after they decided to hold the pageant in Moscow.

Miller didn’t close the book on returning to Russia, but knows it won’t happen any time soon. His letter continued, saying, "Perhaps, when and if circumstances improve, I'll be free to make a different choice."

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