revealing their actual selves! Leon Brown, the son of Sister Wives Kody and Meri Brown, has revealed that he is transsexual.
“Someone just informed me that I didn’t have to have all of my s-t worked out in order for me to share myself with the world,” Leon, 26, said on Tuesday, June 28, beside a photo of them posing for the camera on Instagram.
“So here I am, with nearly none of my s-t worked out, to let you know that I am trans.” My name is Leon or Leo (I like both), and I use they/them pronouns.”
The TLC personality then went on to describe their process of discovering their identity, including how long they’ve known who they are.
“I was quite young, and unfortunately I grew up in a very gendered and restrictive environment,” Leon explained. “As a result, I was socialized as a girl and then as a woman.” And here’s the thing:
I’m finally ready to share my favorite version of myself with the rest of the world. and that self is extremely genderqueer, transgender, and unapologetic.”
Being queer and trans were described as “beloved elements of myself” by the Utah native. However, they added that there are “so many things about myself that I am learning to appreciate through the process” as they “continually evolve” to be the best true version of themselves.
Leon closed the piece by establishing critical boundaries. “You do not need to speak to or about me if you do not use my exact name or pronouns,” they remarked. “My name is Leo or Leon, and they/them are my pronouns.” Please only address me in that manner.”
Kody, 53, has yet to respond to the news, and the two are not currently following one other on social media. Meri, 51, however, shared Leon’s tweet on Tuesday via her Instagram Story.
She wrote at the time, “You are my brightness.”
During an episode of Sister Wives in 2017, Kody and Meri’s only child came out as a lesbian to their polygamous family.
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Leon and Audrey Kriss have been engaged since January 2019, when the program manager proposed during the Women’s March in Washington, D.C.
Leon offered some intimate insights about their personal life and mentioned the support they received from their fiancée during a March 2020 episode of the TLC series.
“When I was in my teens, I was really loyal to the church where I was raised,” they revealed. “I wanted to live a polygamous life.” I guess that was a means for me to shelter myself from coming out to myself.”
“Religious institutions are areas where there are rules, and if you don’t follow these rules or guidelines, you might feel quite isolated, and I did feel that way with my church,”
Leon continued. But I found so much solace in my family, and they still adore me. They adore me and Audrey, and they adore our relationship.”
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Kriss, on their part, revealed their gender identity in December 2021. “I just wanted to let you know that I am transgender and use they/them pronouns.”
“I’m still Audrey,” they said on Instagram at the time. “I don’t want to hide from the world any longer.”
I am beyond thrilled! I, too, am terrified. I’m afraid of the backlash, the things people I care about will say about me, and the violence. As a white, masculine-presenting person, I have a lot of privilege, and I’m still terrified.”