Leo Sheng (born 1996)[1] is a Chinese-American actor and activist known for playing Micah Lee on The L Word: Generation Q.

Leo Sheng
Born1996 (age 25–26)
EducationUniversity of Michigan (BA)
OccupationActor, activist

Early life and educationEdit

Sheng was born in Hunan, China and was adopted and raised in Ypsilanti, Michigan by an American lesbian couple.[2] He first came out as trans at age 12.[3]

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from the University of Michigan in 2017.[2] Sheng was accepted to the school's social work graduate program and planned to enroll, but left because he was cast in his first professional acting role in Adam.[2]


Sheng first gained attention when he was 17 and used YouTube and Instagram to document his transition.[4] In 2018, he acted in his first lead role in Rhys Ernst's Adam. He also appeared in the documentary Disclosure.[1] He is a lead character on Showtime's The L Word: Generation Q as Micah Lee, who is also a trans man. When he was 11, Sheng watched a clip of a transmasculine character, Max, on the original L Word series and came out as trans shortly after.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Sheng resides in Los Angeles and identifies as a queer trans man.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
2019 Adam Ethan
2020 Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen Also creative consultant
2021 The Matrix Resurrections N/A Assistant


Year Title Role Notes
2019–present The L Word: Generation Q Micah Lee 19 episodes


  1. ^ a b c Delaney, Lou (2020-06-19). "Leo Sheng, a Trans Activist Who Stars in 'The L Word'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-06-15.
  2. ^ a b c McFarlin, Jim (2019-11-05). "Actor Leo Sheng Makes His Small-Screen Debut in "The L Word" Reboot". Hour Detroit Magazine. Retrieved 2021-07-22.
  3. ^ a b Kim, Michelle (2019-12-06). "Leo Sheng on How "The L Word" Reboot Is Going to Get Trans Representation Right". them. Retrieved 2021-09-07.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Nichols, James (2014-10-15). "LOOK: This Trans Man Opens Up To The World About His Transition By Using Instagram". HuffPost. Retrieved 2021-07-22.

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