Leo Sheng Shares His Transition Story and LGBTQ Work Prior to ‘The L Phrase: Generation Q’

Leo Sheng is a part of the brand new solid of The L Phrase: Generation Q. The follow-up collection introduces new LGBTQ characters Sophie (Rosanny Zayas), Dani (Arienne Mandi), Finley (Jacqueline Toboni) and Micah (Sheng). Micah is the primary trans lead on the groundbreaking drama.

(L-R) Arienne Mandi as Dani Nunez and Leo Sheng as Micah Lee | Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/SHOWTIME

Sheng spoke with Showbiz Cheat Sheet by cellphone earlier than the vacations about his function on the present. He shared his private transition story and how his work within the LGBTQ group led to his function as Micah. The L Phrase: Generation Q airs Sunday nights on Showtime.

Leo Sheng’s transition

Leo Sheng described his transition in two components, social and medical.

Leo Sheng
Leo Sheng | Kharen Hill/SHOWTIME.

“I personally got here out as trans after I was 12,” Sheng mentioned. “I got here out initially with simply my identify being a very powerful a part of my id, or as my social transition. My social transition started after I was 12 and that included my identify and pronoun change, having lecturers and my classmates respecting that. I then began my medical transition after I was 18 and in school. So for me, there was form of quite a lot of modifications abruptly after I did all of that.”

Leo Sheng has been concerned with LGBTQ points lengthy earlier than ‘The L Phrase: Generation Q’

Whereas in school on the College of Michigan, Leo Sheng was energetic within the LGBTQ group.

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Leo Sheng as Micah Lee | Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/SHOWTIME

“I labored on the Spectrum Heart on the College of Michigan which is among the oldest LGBTQ useful resource facilities on a university campus,” Sheng mentioned. “I had the privilege of facilitating workshops and main workshops and queer identities, queer language, queer historical past. Then I labored on the multi-cultural middle on campus. So quite a lot of my work form of blends my trans id and my racial id and additionally integrating different social identities.”

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Now the world can see Micah and Leo Sheng 

Leo Sheng went on to graduate college at Michigan however left after one yr to make the movie Adam. The casting director for the movie really discovered him on social media. After that movie he auditioned for The L Phrase: Generation Q. The significance of enjoying Micah isn’t misplaced on him.

“It’s one thing I take extremely severely,” Sheng mentioned. “It’s an enormous honor but it surely’s additionally, we speak about this on a regular basis on set, it’s a lot greater than ourselves. Our characters are going to imply a lot extra to different individuals. So it’s an enormous honor. It’s barely scary but it surely’s one thing I admire and I do know that I might have appreciated after I was popping out.”

Leo Sheng as Micah
Leo Sheng as Micah Lee | Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/SHOWTIME

Even within the first weeks of The L Phrase: Generation Q, trans viewers have reached out to Sheng on social media.

“Folks have been actually candy on Micah,” Sheng mentioned. “I’ve gotten messages that they’re additionally trans. Or, that they’re studying a lot from Micah. Or, that they really feel like Micah’s somebody that they will relate to regardless that they’re not trans, simply his awkwardness or the best way he pulls out the reward card, that form of factor. It truly is heartwarming that different individuals are connecting with him.”