“Sister Wives” star Leon Brown came out as transgender on Tuesday in a candid post shared on Instagram.
“Here I am, I certainly didn’t come up with almost anything from my s–t to let you know I’m trans,” the reality star, 26, wrote in a slideshow.
“My name is Leon or Leo (I like both) and my pronouns are she/she,” the TLC personality continued. “I’m finally ready to share my favorite self with the world. And that self is incredibly genderqueer, trans and unabashed.”
Leon noted that they were “pretty young” when they knew they didn’t identify as a girl.
“Unfortunately, I grew up in a context that was incredibly gendered and restrictive,” the Utah resident added. “So I stayed socialized as a girl and later a woman.”
Leon concluded that their social media upload was meant to set “limits” on their followers.
“If you choose not to use my correct name or pronouns, you don’t have to talk to or about me,” they explained. “My name is Leo or Leon, and my pronouns are they/them. Please refer to me only in that way.”
The reveal marked the program manager’s first Instagram upload since June 2021, when they advocated for transgender athletes.
“I stand behind trans athletes,” Leon wrote at the time. “I stand with trans children. Let trans children, especially trans girls, exercise! Trans children are always part of it.”
Leon is the only child of Meri Brown and Kody Brown. While their father, who has 17 other children with three other women, has not yet responded to the Instagram announcement, Meri shared Leon’s post in her Story on Tuesday.
“You are my sunshine,” the 51-year-old wrote.
Leon is in a relationship with Audrey Kriss and the couple got engaged in 2019 after dating for two years.
Kriss came out as transgender in December 2021. “Just wanted to let you know that I’m transgender, and my pronouns are they/them. I still visit Audrey,” they wrote via Instagram at the time.
“I don’t want to make any of this sad because I’m SO happy to be me!” the graphic designer continued. “Being completely myself lately has brought me so much joy. For the first time I look at my body and feel free. I’m starting to feel more at home, more ME. I love being trans and I love being queer.”