Actor Wentworth Miller comes out as gay in an open letter to the St. Petersburg Film Festival.
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(USA TODAY) -- Prison Break star Wentworth Miller has revealed that he's gay.
The British actor, 41, made the revelation in a letter he sent on Wednesday to Russia's St. Petersburg International Film Festival, E! reports.
Wentworth's letter, which is posted on GLAAD's website, thanks festival organizers for an invitation but states that "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."
"Wentworth's bold show of support sends a powerful message to LGBT Russians, who are facing extreme violence and persecution: you are not alone," said a statement from GLAAD representative Wilson Cruz, who is also an actor (My So-Called Life).
Miller's announcement comes amid international condemnation of tough laws targeting homosexuals that the Russian government has passed in recent months. The new laws include fines for individuals accused of spreading "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" to minors, and penalizes those who express pro-gay views online or in the news media. Gay pride rallies are banned as well, as is the adoption of Russian-born children by same-sex couples.