Wentworth Miller, Ellen Degeneres, Neil Patrick Harris

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Yesterday, Wentworth Miller publicly came out as a gay man to protest Russia's anti-gay laws.

The Prison Break star opened up about his sexuality after he was invited to attend the St. Petersburg International Film Festival, declining the offer because, "as a gay man" he is "deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government." 

Last month, the country implemented a controversial new law, banning "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations around minors," which prohibits the public discussion of gay rights and relationships anywhere children might hear it.

In a letter written to Maria Averbakh, the director of the festival, the 41-year-old star writes, "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."

Since his statement, a number of celebs, including the actor's former Fox costars, have come out in support of the Underworld star. Here's what the Twitterverse is saying:

Ellen DeGeneres: "I'm proud of Wentworth Miller for speaking out in support of equality. Russia doesn't know what they're missing."

Neil Patrick Harris: "Well done, Wentworth Miller. Bravo."

Andy Cohen: "little behind on the news: Good for Wentworth Miller!!! #courage"

Jesse Tyler Ferguson: "So proud of #WentworthMiller. Coming out can be hard & scary but coming out to send a message of tolerance is heroic."

Darren Young: "Congrats 2 Wentworth Miller on living his life to the fullest now #beproud!! Big step 2 take. Not easy but well worth it!"

Rose McGowan: "Happy for Wentworth Miller."

Danay Garcia: "Challenges are presented to us as affirmations of our strength. I support you #Wentworth Miller. Incredible human being."

Amaury Nolasco: "I applaud my boy, Wentworth Miller's courageousness. I'm proud of you brother, for standing up for what you believe in. Enough is enough!

Rockmond Dunbar: "Congrats Went!!! Live free brutha! Proud of you!"

Justin Mikita: "Proud of your bravery, Wentworth Miller. #equality"

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