Amber Heard comes out

Dec 6, 2010 at 6:21 p.m. ET

Actress Amber Heard came out publicly at a GLAAD event Friday, walking the red carpet with her girlfriend.

Amber Heard

Amber Heard, best known for her role in the Seth Rogen comedy The Pineapple Express, has publicly come out as a lesbian.

Heard, 24, walked the red carpet of the GLAAD at 25 event in Los Angeles Friday with her partner Tasya van Ree.

Amber Heard spoke for the first time as an "out actress" telling

"I think GLAAD is one of the many reasons that I, as a 24-year-old, can come out. I think that organizations like GLAAD make that possible, because if it weren't for opinions being changed, people being influenced, people being engaged to do the right thing, then there would be no prerogative for anyone to come out. Like I said, I can't be a part of the problem. I hate the idea of a label just as much as anyone else, but I'm with who I'm with, I love who I love...

"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. I don't feel like millions of people are wrong because they love who they love or they were born how they were born. I'm proud to be on the right side of history and I can do nothing more than encourage people to look at their lives and ask 'What side of history am I on? Am I doing the right thing or am I doing the wrong thing?' I look at speeches by Martin Luther King and I cry when I read the story of Rosa Parks at the back of the bus, and I can't help but think if I was in that era what side of history would I be on? Would I be marching on the side of equality or would I be one of these horrible people spreading hate and bigotry?"

Heard, who placed at number 13 on Maxim's 2010 Hot 100 list, will be seen starring with Johnny Depp and Aaron Eckhart in The Rum Diaries, due in 2011.