4. Amber Heard
Amber Heard is more than just a pretty face. (And she is a very, very pretty face.) Heard won over AfterEllen readers in December when she spoke eloquently about LGBT rights and being out in Hollywood at GLAAD’s 25th anniversary celebration. Heard’s big screen roles have included The Stepfather, The Joneses and Pineapple Express as well as current films Drive Angry and The Ward. But she was just cast as the lead in the forthcoming NBC drama Playboy, which means we’ll be seeing her regularly on our TV if the promising sounding series gets picked up for a full run.
At only 24 years old, Heard has a bright future ahead of her, and she has already positioned herself in a place of personal authenticity — out of the closet.
2010 was a good year for Portia DeGeneres. She released her autobiography, Unbearable Lightness, and was granted a petition by the Los Angeles Superior Court to take her wife’s last name. During her book tour, Portia made an appearance on Ellen’s talk show, and visited Oprah to speak candidly about her struggle with an eating disorder and how Ellen’s love helped save her. Portia’s career certainly didn’t stall when she came out publicly in 2005. Since then, she starred in Better Off Ted and Nip/Tuck, and is revered for her turn as Lindsay Bluth Fünke on Arrested Development. Like everyone else, we’re still holding out hope for that movie. Another press tour for Portia could only be a good thing for LGBT visibility.