BOLD with Jodie Patterson: Author, Speaker & LGBTQIA Activist
Living our authentic selves, in a world that has so many ideas for us, is a BOLD move. My guest this week is mother of 5, author, and a globally recognized LGBTQIA activist; Jodie Patterson. When her son announced at the age of 3 “Mama I’m not a girl. I’m a boy” she set out to inform herself, shift her own bias, and change the way her community understood gender. Her experience and work are lighting the way for other extraordinary families.
Patterson chronicles this journey in her memoir, The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Transformation – hailed by Alice Walker as “Marvelous”. Cosmopolitan Magazine filmed a mini-documentary on Patterson’s family in 2016 – reaching over 11 million views on Facebook.
Jodie was elected Chair of the Board of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and works closely with the organization’s Parents for Transgender Equality Council. Ms. Patterson sits on Mount Sinai’s Institute for Health Equity Research Task Force, is on the Advisory Board of the Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project, and serves as a key advisor to Mount Sinai’s pioneering Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery. In 2017, Ms. Patterson was appointed by the United Nations as a Champion of Change for her advocacy work. Jodie lives in Brooklyn where she co-raises her children with love, education, and family solidarity.