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Wentworth Miller on Community and Coming Out
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/10/13
Last updated on: 09/10/13
 
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Wentworth Miller.

Actor, producer, and screenwriter Wentworth Miller came out publicly in August 2013, when he posted a letter on the GLAAD website in which he declined an invitation to attend the Saint Petersburg International Film Festival because he felt "deeply troubled" by the Russian government's treatment of its gay citizens. In the letter, he identified himself as a gay man. On September 7, 2013, Miller delivered a moving and notably thoughtful address to a Human Rights Campaign dinner in Seattle in which he talked about community and coming out and how he finally reached the conclusion that "I am me" is insufficient.

Miller, who is of a multi-ethnic background, has spoken previously of his difficulty in achieving community. He was born in England to American parents and has lived in numerous countries. He once observed that "My father is black and my mother is white. Therefore, I could answer to either, which kind of makes me a racial Lone Ranger, at times, caught between two communities." In his HRC speech, he elaborates on the difficulty he has had in identifying with the gay community as well.

Miller has earned kudos as an actor in a number of roles, but is best known for his performance as Michael Scofield in Fox Network's television drama Prison Break. More recently, he has concentrated on writing scripts, several of which have been produced.

In Miller's HRC speech, he reveals his suicide attempts as a teenager and explains why he had such a difficult time coming out. The speech is both eloquent and moving.

 
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