Prison Break star, Wentworth Miller, has publicly revealed that he is gay.
According to the Huffington Post, the 41-yr-old actor made this revelation in a letter he sent to the organisers of the St. Petersbug International Film Festival in Russia on Wednesday.
His letter was posted on GLAAD’s website. In the letter, he thanked the festival organisers for the invitation and went on to say, “as a gay man, I must decline. I am deeply troubled by the current attitude towards and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government.”
“Wentworth’s bold show of support sends a powerful message to LGBT Russians, who are facing extreme violence and persecution: you are not alone,” Wilson Cruz, GLAAD representative said in a statement. Cruz is also an actor in my My So-Called Life.
Miller’s announcement comes amid international condemnation of Russia’s recent crackdown on homosexuals.
Harsh new laws prescribe fines for people accused of spreading “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” to minors. Gay pride rallies are banned, as is the adoption of Russian-born children by same-sex couples.
Plans to detain foreign visitors suspected of being gay for up to 15 days have raised concerns worldwide as Russia prepares to host the 2014 Winter Olympics.