Wentworth Miller revealed on Saturday at Human Rights Campaign Dinner in Seattle that he had attempted suicide before coming out as gay. He said he was 15 years old when he first tried to end his life.
“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,” he said.
Miller turned down an invitation to attend a Russian film festival in light of the controversial anti-gay legislation which was passed in June. The ‘Prison Break’ actor deeply condemned the discriminatory attitude of the Russian government toward the gay community and came out in an open letter saying he did not want attend a festival in a country where people like him were being denied their basic right to live and love openly.
Watch Wentworth Miller’s address to the Human Rights Campaign Dinner in the video above.
The Russian anti-LGBT law has fuelled violence against gays to such an extent that several vigilante groups are publicly announcing to murder gay people. A disturbing news report was released last week documenting a Russian anti-gay group called ‘Occupy Pedophilia’ whose members claimed to be on ‘safari hunting gays and pedophiles’.