Amber Heard Latest to Come Out in Hollywood


Blonde bombshell Amber Heard is the latest Hollywood star to make headlines for coming out of the closet.

Heard, the "Pineapple Express," who will soon appear as Johnny Depp's love interest in "The Rum Diaries," came out Friday at GLAAD's 25 anniversary celebration, where she walked the red carpet with her girlfriend of two years, artist and photographer Tasya van Ree.

Afterward, speaking to the gay-centered entertainment site, Heard said she felt a responsibility to come out at 24.

""I think when I became aware of my role in the media, I had to ask myself an important question, 'Am I part of the problem?'" she told the the website.

"I think that the injustice of people staying in the closet is more than I can bear with a clear conscience," Heard said, "and I couldn't sleep at night if I was a part of that problem, if I was part of the lies."

Asked about van Ree, Heard said, "She's so beautiful. I mean, you'd have to be crazy not to want to go out with her!"

Heard was recently photographed at a rally against California's Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage. She called the fight for gay rights "our generation's civil rights movement," adding, "If we're too scared to come out and say who we are, we'll never get anywhere."

Apparently, other celebrities agree. There's been a recent flood of stars -- from Anna Paquin to Ricky Martin -- coming out of the closet and embracing their true sexuality. And Hollywood seems to be welcoming them.

Paquin, who's engaged to her "True Blood" co-star Stephen Moyer, revealed in April that she's bisexual in a PSA released Thursday for the the "Give a Damn" campaign, which features stars speaking out for equality.

"I'm Anna Paquin. I'm bisexual and I give a damn," Paquin says to the camera. Paquin's publicist declined to comment on the PSA or the actress' sexuality.

Martin came out in March.

"I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man," Martin wrote on his website. "I am very blessed to be who I am."

In his online announcement, Martin wrote that the major catalysts for his coming out were the personal memoirs he is writing and his two boys, whom he had through surrogacy.

"From the moment I wrote the first phrase, I was sure the book was the tool that was going to help me free myself from things I was carrying within me for a long time," Martin wrote.

Then, addressing his boys, he wrote, "This is just what I need, especially now that I am the father of two beautiful boys that are so full of light and who, with their outlook, teach me new things every day. To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids were born with."

Is Coming Out Easier Today?

Jarrett Barrios, the president of GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, was the first Latino and first openly gay man elected to the Massachusetts state Senate.

Barrios said that coming out in Hollywood "is not as hard as it used to be."

"Over the last couple of years, celebrities both at the top of their careers and at the beginning of their careers have been coming out," Barrios told "All the celebrities coming out now are coming out at a time when a generation ago it meant the end of their careers, but now it can enhance their appeal and expand their fan base."

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