Sister Wives star Leon Brown comes out as transgender

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Photo credit: TLC
Photo credit: TLC

Sister Wives star Leon Brown has come out as transgender, sharing online that their name is now Leon and their pronouns are they/them.

Leon, who was formerly known as Mariah Brown, confirmed the news on their Instagram account on June 28, sharing a candid post with their followers and describing their journey to self-acceptance.

"Someone recently told me that i didn’t have to have all of my shit figured out in order for me to share myself with the world. So here’s me... [letting] you know that i am trans. My name is Leon or Leo (I love both) and my pronouns are they/them."

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Leon then went on to describe how they felt they grew up in a more restricted environment, which impacted how their gender identity. "I remember the first time that I knew I wasn’t a girl. I was pretty young & unfortunately I grew up in a context that was incredibly gendered & restrictive. So I continued to be socialised as a girl and later a woman," they wrote.

"I’m finally ready to share my favourite self with the world. That self is incredibly genderqueer, trans, and unapologetic."

This isn't the first time Leon has opened up with fans. While appearing on Sister Wives in 2017 they had previously come out as gay (via Entertainment Tonight).

Leon appeared on the reality show alongside their mother Meri Brown and father Kody Brown as well as their 18 half siblings and Kody's other wives Robyn Brown, Janelle Brown, and Christine Brown.

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Leon continued their Instagram post in a reflective manner, discussing how their trans identity was one "of my favourite parts of myself".

"Being queer & trans are definitely some of my favourite parts of myself and yet, there are so many things that i am learning to love about myself through this process. Here’s to me getting to know myself, share myself, and continually evolve to be the person I am," they wrote.

They ended the post by reiterating their new name and pronouns and reminding followers to only refer to them this way going forward.

"I’m sharing this part of myself to let folks in, and also to set some boundaries. If you choose to not use my correct name or pronouns, then you do not need to speak to or about me. my name is Leo or Leon, and my pronouns are they/them. Please only refer to me in that way."

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