Leon Brown, the only child of Meri and Kody Brown from the reality show Sister Wives, shared a heartfelt post on Instagram about how they overcame self-hatred and found their voice through music. Leon, who is transgender and underwent gender reassignment surgery earlier this year, posted some photos from their recent concerts, where they watched two of their favorite singers, Joy Oladokun and Brandi Carlile, perform live. Both singers are openly gay and sing about their struggles as LGBTQ+ people.
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How music saved Leon Brown’s life
Leon wrote that Joy Oladokun’s music was a lifeline for them during their darkest days. He said he cried when Joy played ‘Somehow’ at Red Rocks. This is a song that talks about finding hope in the midst of pain. Leon said that he related to Joy’s lyrics as a queer kid who grew up in a church that taught him to hate themselves.
Leon also admired Brandi Carlile, who they called a legend. They said that seeing Brandi play ‘The Joke’ live was a dream come true. ‘The Joke’ is a song that empowers people who feel marginalized and misunderstood by society.
Leon Brown thanked their friends for accompanying them to the concerts and sharing these meaningful experiences with them. They also thanked Joy and Brandi for sharing their gifts with the world and inspiring them to be themselves. Leon said that music is a healing force in their lives and they are grateful.
How Kody Brown rejected Leon’s identity
Leon’s emotional post comes at a time when they are estranged from his father, Kody Brown. Kody has not supported his transition and engagement to Audrey Kriss. According to insiders, Kody has not accepted Leon’s gender identity and refused to use hi correct names and pronouns. Kody also did not attend Leon’s top surgery and did not congratulate him on their engagement.
Kody’s cold attitude towards Leon has caused a rift with his first wife, Meri. Meri has been by Leon’s side throughout their journey. Meri has been very proud of Leon and posted many messages of love and support on social media. Meri has also attended several LGBTQ+ events with Leon and welcomed Audrey into the family.
Meri and Kody have been living apart for years, after they divorced in 2014 and Meri was involved in a catfishing scandal in 2015. The couple admitted they had no romantic connection and had been unhappy for a long time. Meri hinted that their breakup was because of Kody’s treatment of Leon.
How Leon and Brown pursued their dreams and passions
Despite the challenges they faced growing up in a polygamous family and a conservative church, Leon has followed his dreams and passions in life. Leon graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2020 with a degree in social work and a minor in political science. Leon has also been active in various social justice causes, such as Black Lives Matter, environmentalism, feminism, and LGBTQ+ rights.
Leon Brown currently works as a social media manager for LuLaRoe, a clothing company founded by their aunt, DeAnne Stidham. Leon also runs a podcast called The Fluidity Project, where they discuss topics related to gender identity, sexuality, spirituality, and mental health. Leon hopes to use their platform to inspire and empower others going through similar struggles.
Leon Brown is also planning to tie the knot with Audrey next year, after postponing their wedding due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The couple met in college and have been together for four years. They love travel, adventure, music, and animals. They have two dogs named Mosby and Koda.
Leon is one of Kody Brown’s 18 children, who practices plural marriage with four wives: Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn. Their unconventional lifestyle is documented on the TLC reality show Sister Wives. The show premiered in 2010 and is currently in its 18th season.