A few months ago, actress Amber Heard (Pineapple Express, Drive Angry) arrived at a GLAAD fundraiser with her long-term girlfriend - and introduced her as her girlfriend. This was her official "coming out," since she had never mentioned her same-sex relationship to the press before.
In the articles that followed, journalists repeatedly said that she had come out "as a lesbian." (Google her name to see what I mean.) But quotes from her explained that she did not like labels, and I haven't seen any article where she refers to herself as a lesbian. For example, in an interview with AfterEllen.com, she said, "I hate the idea of a label just as much as anyone else, but I'm with who I'm with, [and] I love who I love."
She had come out - that was clear. But, from what I could tell, she had not come out as a lesbian.
She had come out as a woman in a relationship with another woman. Having same-sex relationships is something that lesbians do, but not something that lesbians have a monopoly on. Bisexual women also have same-sex relationships. And so do women who choose not to label themselves. What I took from the interviews was that Amber Heard identifies as "unlabeled."
I've waited a while to write about this, because I wanted to see if Ms. Heard would address the topic herself. I haven't seen anything in the press about it, so I assume that either she knows that she's being described in the press as a lesbian and doesn't care - which is definitely her prerogative - or she has tried to correct journalists, but they chose not to report on it - which is definitely a problem.