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Meri Brown’s Child Identifies As Genderqueer: What Does It Mean?

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When Sister Wives first hit TLC, many viewers wondered what the Brown family would do if any of the kids came out as members of the LGBTQ+ community. Meri Brown’s child came out as a lesbian several years ago. This week, they said they changed their name to “Leon,” or “Leo” for short. They also said they would be using they/them pronouns from now on.

In Leon’s coming out Instagram post, they refer to themselves as “incredibly genderqueer, trans, and unapologetic.” Many of Leon’s fans were very supportive of them. Ultimately, they just want Leon to live their truth and be happy. However, not everyone knows exactly what Leon’s new identity means.

Keep reading to learn a little more about what it means to be genderqueer.

Diving into the new identity of Meri Brown’s child

Meri Brown really struggled with accepting Leon when they first came out as a lesbian on the show. However, over time Meri came to accept her child’s new identity and even got to know their partner, Audrey.

Today, Audrey and Leon both identify as trans and use they/them pronouns. Fans hope that Meri will continue to support Leon after the most recent announcement.

Leon Brown/Instagram

Many fans want to be supportive of Leon, but aren’t quite sure what the term “genderqueer means.” The official definition is as follows:

“of, relating to, or being a person whose gender identity cannot be categorized as solely male or female.”

In other words, Leon Brown does not identify as male nor female. And this is why Leon chose to use the gender-neutral pronoun “they.”

“They” as a singular pronoun has a pretty lengthy history throughout literature and in society.  It might take Meri Brown and the rest of the family some time to adjust. But fans hope that for Leon’s sake the family will use the correct name and the correct pronouns.

Leo Brown - Instagram
Leo Brown – Instagram

The internet showers Leon with praise and love

Although the trans community enjoys more tolerance today than in previous years, there’s still quite a bit of work to be done. But fortunately, Leon’s followers flooded their page with positive vibes and well-wishes.

Many members of Leon’s family even posted supportive comments, including Ysabel Brown and Logan Brown’s fiancee Michelle.

Leon Brown/Instagram

It’s also considered extremely disrespectful to refer to a trans person as their former name, often called a “dead name.” In Leon’s post, they ask their friends, family members, and followers to refer to them only as “Leo” or “Leon.” They no longer wish to be called the name they were assigned at birth.

Don’t forget to follow TV Shows Ace online to keep up with Leon Brown, Meri Brown, and the rest of the Sister Wives family.

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