Meet the Logo30: Sherry Cola

"This is who I am. Take it or leave it!"

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.

Sherry Cola is in trouble—Good Trouble, that is.

On The Fosters spin-off series, Good Trouble, bisexual actress-comedian Sherry Cola portrays Alice Kwan, an aspiring stand-up comic who works as the manager of The Coterie apartment building where Callie (Maia Mitchell) and Mariana Adams Foster (Cierra Ramirez) live. Over the course of the show, Alice has also come out to her parents; supported her partner, Joey (Daisy Eagan), as they’ve transitioned from female to nonbinary; and maintained a friendship with her ex-girlfriend Sumi (Kara Wang).

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When Logo and NewNowNext asked Cola, who also plays special agent Lucy Chun on Claws, what Pride means to her, Cola said, “Pride means celebrating every single layer of yourself and living out loud with no shame. This is who I am. Take it or leave it!”

She also stressed how important it is for younger queer Asian people to see themselves onscreen: “Now I have queer Asian girls of all ages in my DMs, telling me they feel seen, and that means the world.”

Last year, Cola spoke with NewNowNext about playing Alice on Good Trouble, and if her own coming out mirrored Alice’s journey on screen.

“The scene where Alice came out to her parents—it meant the world, because I never saw that growing up,” she said. “There’s a stereotype around Asian families or immigrant parents: that they’re close-minded folks that might not accept their LGBTQ kids. The fact that this is on TV screens will open minds. The fact that she had that scene on prime-time TV meant the world to me and my community.”

Watch video interviews with the 2020 Logo30 honorees below.
 

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