The actress came out as a lesbian at the GLAAD 25th anniversary celebration on Friday (Dec. 3) .
Heard’s sexuality had been an open secret for a couple of years. She has been dating photographer Tasya van Ree, since 2008. Nonetheless she felt it necessary to openly declare that she is gay.
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Coming out was both a personal and moral triumph, she told the gay rights-focused entertainment site AfterEllen.com.
“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 said.
“And I think that when millions and millions of hard-working, tax paying Americans are denied their rights and denied their equality you have to ask yourself what are the factors that are an epidemic problem and that’s what this is,” she said.
“Injustice can never be stood for. It always must be fought against and I just was sick of it being a problem,” Heard said.
“I personally think that if you deny something or if you hide something you’re inadvertently admitting it’s wrong. I don’t feel like I’m wrong.”
Heard will next appear as Johnny Depp’s love interest in “The Rum Diary.”
Earlier this week, nudie UK Web site egotastic published photos of Heard in various sexy poses. Check them out here.