Hi everybody – I have another fearless femme on a mission to share with you, and I think you’re going to like her! (To see the previous featured femmes, click here.)
Besides being exceptionally attractive, Miss Amber Heard is as out as they come. She sets a wonderful example for LGBT youth, proudly announcing her sexuality as her star is still on the rise.
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Amber attended Catholic school until receiving her first role in Friday Night Lights. More recently she has appeared in several horror flicks, including All the Boys Love Mandy Lane and The Stepfather; you may also recognize her from Pineapple Express and Never Back Down.
In addition to a blossoming film career, Amber visibly supports gay rights, recently appearing at the GLAAD Media Awards in December of 2010 as a presenter. Autostraddle had an excellent interview with her at the event which you can watch here. I was deeply impressed with her poise and her eloquence.
There are a number of truly memorable quotes from this interview. Amber realized that coming out isn’t easy for anyone, but by continuing to live in secrecy, she was in a way contributing to the problem. She said, “I can’t help but think that if I’m hiding something, then I’m ashamed of it. I think if you are hiding anything, no matter how good your reason is, then you’re ashamed of it.”
I don’t know if I agree one hundred percent with this assertion, as there are people who can’t come out without endangering their lives and whose decision to remain closeted is unrelated to feelings of shame. However, I do think that she is incredibly brave and is “putting her money where her mouth is” by speaking out on these issues.
In response to the rash of teen suicides in recent news, Amber had this to say: “I was so tired of seeing countless adolescents taking their lives because they couldn’t understand that it gets better, and part of the reason they couldn’t understand that is because they’ve got no role models, they’ve got no people really confirming that it does get better and it’s okay to be who you are, you were born that way.”
If LGBT youth are looking for someone to emulate, they need look no further than Amber Heard.
Amber’s girlfriend is Tasya van Ree, a talented filmmaker, photographer and fearless femme on a mission in her own right. Amber is often the star of van Ree’s films, and one powerful piece depicts her announcing her support of gay marriage, by way of body paint:
Amber recognizes that she has a lot to risk, but she stated quite powerfully, “I’d rather go down for doing what’s right, then rise for doing what’s wrong.”
Gorgeous, passionate, and vocal in the fight for equality, Amber Heard is a fearless femme on a mission, and one to keep your eye on – not that you would need much convincing.
Also, here she is starring in another one of her girlfriend’s films. I think you just might like it:
So what do you think of Miss Amber?