Amber Heard has been in a public relationship with one of the world’s most recognizable actors, Johnny Depp, since 2011.Although she’s been acting since 2004, her star has risen considerably since then, and not just because of her beau.At 28, Amber has starred in NBC’s The year before she met Johnny, Amber came out to us in an interview on the red carpet of the GLAAD Awards.
So why do we still get these kinds of comments whenever we write about her?
“She has not done anything relevant to this site since she dated a woman.”“Why are you still covering her? Johnny Depp’ /puke.'”Amber, like Angelina Jolie, Anna Paquin and Evan Rachel Wood, has never reneged on her sexuality, nor has she played down her past relationships with women, yet she still receives ire from some in the lesbian community.
The biphobia has grown even stronger as she graces more magazine covers and gets hired for more high-profile roles, despite her attachment to pro-gay projects like Self-Evident Truths.
Johnny even wore the campaign’s T-shirt (reading “We Are You”) while on last year.
At a time when there are still public figures who live inside a glass closet, Amber is an actress who came out when she was still coming up in the industry, and has continued to be a positive, affirming queer person.
She found someone she loved, and wanted to marry them—and it was a man.Had she decided to marry a woman, like ex-girlfriend Tasya Van Ree, we’d undoubtedly be championing her while greater straight society called her a huge loss; too “beautiful” to be gay.It’s hugely disappointing that anyone who is part of the LGBTQ community would disrespect Amber’s (or Angelina, Anna, Evan or any one else’s) choice for her own life when it’s exactly what we’re demanding for ourselves.Equality is the ability to possess what and who we want, and that extends itself to bisexual women (and men).It’s understandable that, as queer people, we want to have recognizable figures in the mainstream world that are gorgeous, talented and “ours” to claim; our “proof” to dissenting voices that lesbian and bisexual women are able to be all the things that are assumed we’re not.In 2015, we still fight stereotypes and misplaced ideals of what a gay woman looks like, or how she acts.