Straight for Equality in Entertainment
Ally Sheedy—'s first film role was opposite Sean Penn in Bad Boys in 1983. Since then she has appeared in over 50 film and television projects including War Games, The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo's Fire, Short Circuit, Only The Lonely, and Life During Wartime. Ally played Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch Off-Bwy in 2000 and has been recurring as Yang in the series "Psych" since 2009.
While onscreen Ally fearlessly tackled her iconic role in Lisa Cholodenko's film HIGH ART (for which she won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress), offscreen she is a fierce longtime advocate and vital leader in the fight against family rejection and the plight of homeless LBGTQ youth. She sits on the Honorary Board of--and devotes an enormous amount of time to--the Ali Forney Center, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive provider of homeless youth housing and supportive services. Ally has taken to the streets in rallies and marches demanding that New York City take better care of homeless youth; traveled to Washington DC to help shine a light on the issue of homelessness and LGBTQ kids; and has rolled up her sleeves to volunteer on the front lines helping to serve meals and talk to young people.
Ally is in the process of introducing a library for the Forney Center's Drop-In Site so that homeless LGBTQ youth have new and relevant books to access and learn from.
Ally lives in New York, has authored two books, She Was Nice to Mice and a book of poetry, Yesterday I Saw the Sun, and is the proud mother of Rebecca Lansbury, who just went to college.