Tuesday, September 17, 2013

#TopStoryTuesday : Wentworth Miller Attempted Suicide Before Coming Out

Wentworth Miller, who revealed he is gay less than a month ago, confessed that he tried to commit suicide multiple times as a teenager while struggling to come to terms with his sexuality.

Let's go back a bit.

This 41-year old actor and Prison Break star came 'Out' as gay to the public by declining an invitation from the director St. Petersburg International Film Festival to attend the event as a guest of honor.

He wrote in his letter:
Dear Ms. Averbakh: 

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. 

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.

Perhaps, when and if circumstances improve, I’ll be free to make a different choice.

Until then.

Wentworth Miller

Complete story after break....

Article Courtesy of MaleCelebNews
The ‘Prison Break’ star said his road to coming out had some very dark moments, revealing he first attempted suicide when he was 15 because he couldn’t handle keeping his sexual identity a secret.

“Every day was a test and there were a thousand ways to fail, a thousand ways to betray yourself, to not live up to someone else’s standard of what was acceptable or what was normal,” he said.

“The first time I tried to kill myself I was 15. I waited till my family went away for the weekend and I was alone in the house and I swallowed a bottle of pills. I don’t remember what happened over the next couple of days but I’m pretty sure come Monday morning I was on the bus back to school pretending everything was fine.”

Miller also told a LGBT rights dinner in Seattle this weekend that the incident wasn’t isolated or a cry for help because “you only cry for help if there is help to cry for.”

The actor also explained that it made him nervous to come out early in his career. “I had multiple opportunities to speak my truth, which is that I was gay, but I chose not to. I was out privately to family and friends—publicly, I was not.

“I chose to lie — when I thought about the possibility of coming out, how that might impact me and the career I worked so hard for, I was filled with fear.”

But Miller overcame that fear in late August, when he publicly revealed his sexuality after being invited to attend a film festival in Russia, where “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations around minors” and the public discussion of gay rights have been banned.

Miller also told guests at the dinner that he decided to confirm he was gay because he wants to be a role model for others, “to be the someone else, that no one was to me.”

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