(LOS ANGELES) -- Wentworth Miller, one of the former leads of the Fox drama Prison Break, has come out as gay.
The actor chose an RSVP to the director of the St. Petersburg International Film Festival both to take a stand against Russia's anti-gay policies and as the vehicle to reveal his sexual preference publicly.
In the letter posted online by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, the 41-year-old actor wrote, "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. However, as a gay man, I must decline."
He went on to say, "I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government. 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."
Miller allowed, "If circumstances improve, I'll be free to make a different choice."
Prison Break aired on Fox from 2005-2009.
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