Wentworth Miller, the star of the television show “Prison Break,” publicly announced he’s gay to protest Russia’s new anti-gay law.

The 41-year-old actor came out in a letter to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival, where he had been invited.

“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,” the actor wrote in his letter to the festival’s director, which was posted on GLAAD's website. “However, as a gay man, I must decline.”

He went on to explain on his letter, dated Aug. 21:

“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.”

Earlier this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law legislation that bans the public display of homosexuality, and prohibits people from teaching or showing anything about it to people under 18 years of age.

GLAAD Spokesman Wilson Cruz said that Miller’s “bold show of support sends a powerful message to LGBT Russians.”

“As people from across the globe continue to speak out against this horrific law, more celebrities and corporations should follow his courageous lead in openly condemning Russia's anti-LGBT law,” he added.

Check out the full letter, below.

‘Prison Break’ Star Wentworth Miller Comes Out to Protest Russia


by Sergio Nahuel Candido