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Wentworth Miller’s coming out signals the future of anti-Russia protests

Wentworth Miller, the star of the Fox drama series "Prison Break," is out of the closet.

In a letter posted on GLAAD's web site with Miller's permission, the actor declined an invitation to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival on the basis of Russia's repressive anti-gay laws.

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.

Miller's coming-out is, in one sense, done in the low-key manner currently in vogue among celebrities. When the country singer Chely Wright came out in 2010, she did a media blitz that included People and "Oprah"; to match the general attitude that being gay is not a huge deal, celebrities are more likely to come out these days with a terse statement or by making an offhand remark to a paparazzi's camera, as pro wrestler Darren Young did recently. A celebrity's homosexuality no longer needs need tons of explication or amplification.

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