Actress Molly Ringwald has been named grand marshal of the Los Angeles Gay Pride Parade 2012.

The 44-year-old Ringwald came to prominence as the star of Director John Hughes' teen films Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985) and Pretty in Pink (1986). She currently plays Anne Juergens on the ABC Family teen drama The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

The 42nd annual parade kicks off at 11AM on Sunday, June 10 and wends its way from Crescent Heights Boulevard to Robertson Boulevard down Santa Monica Boulevard.

“Molly and crew told our stories in the 80s, helping so many of us dealing with all of the challenges of being a teen,” Sam Borelli, a spokesman for LA Pride, said in a press release. “That she continues reaching young people, letting them know that their stories matter, that they are real, is why we chose her during this year of youth empowerment.”

Ringwald and her husband Panio Gianopoulos in 2008 starred in a video urging California voters to reject Proposition 8, the state's gay marriage ban. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Ringwald's character on Secret Life is preparing to come out gay.

“They've dealt with gay characters, and they've dealt with gay characters kissing – they just haven't dealt with 'Molly Ringwald being a lesbian,” she told gay glossy Out.