Meet the Logo30: Leo Sheng

The "L Word: Generation Q" star shares his hopes for the future of Pride.

Every day during the month of June, we will be spotlighting our 2020 Logo30. This powerful series profiles ordinary and extraordinary people who show pride in unique and provocative ways. Visit the Logo30 homepage to view current and past honorees.

Queer TV buffs will recognize transgender actor and advocate Leo Sheng from The L Word: Generation Q, Showtime’s 2019 reboot of the fan-favorite lesbian dramedy from the mid-2000s. In Gen Q, Sheng plays Micah, a queer trans man navigating a back-and-forth romance with another man, José, while living with his queer besties in Los Angeles.

There’s drama aplenty (this is The L Word we’re talking about, after all), but what’s never a source of conflict in Micah’s friend group is his identity.

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Sheng (L) and actor Brian Michael Smith from The L Word: Gen Q.

Asked about his vision for the future of Pride, Sheng told Logo and NewNowNext he hopes to see the LGBTQ community take two routes: celebrate the vibrance and diversity of our community and pay homage to the decades of activism that got us here.

“We have such a rich history of activists, artists, and creatives among everyone who identifies as queer,” Sheng said, “and I think it’s important to not only have gratitude for the work and the folks that came before us, but also feel a drive to continue that work, that action, and that change.”

In this moment of protests against police brutality and systemic racism, that sentiment rings truer than ever.

Learn more about Sheng and our other 2020 Logo30 honorees in the video below.
 

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