Actor Wentworth Miller Discusses Suicide Attempts at HRC Event

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Over the weekend at the Seattle dinner of the HRC actor, writer, and HRC member Wentworth Miller shared his story of triumph in a speech about his journey coming out as a gay man. In the remarks, Miller discussed the hardships of living in the closet, and the reasoning behind his decision to publicly come out as gay.  In August, Wentworth Miller came out as gay in a letter declining an invitation to a Russian film festival. During his speech, Miller acknowledges that he attempted suicide for the first time at 15.

Growing up I was a target. Speaking the right way, standing the right way, holding your wrist the right way. 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 standards of what was accepted, of what was normal. … The first time I tried to kill myself I was 15. I waited until 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. And when someone asks me if that was a cry for help, I’d say, ‘No.’ You only cry for help if you believe there’s help to cry for.  And I didn’t need it, I wanted out.

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