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A Family Portrait – Whatever Wednesdays. Random Jodie Moments

Family is what you gravitate towards. It’s the reason for staying and the impetus for doing. Family is the everything that matters at the close of each day. Michele Croweopens in a new window visited with us at home in Brooklyn and snapped us as we were that...

Mother of Four Gives Advice for Raising Transgender Child

Amid unprecedented trans visibility and just days after former Olympic champion, Bruce Jenner went on National television and came out as transgender, I was asked to join the team at PIX Channel 11 to tell my story as a trans-mom, and the mother of a trans-boy, Penel....




I’m a mother of five and an active LGBTQI ally who has been recognized for my activism by Hillary Clinton, The Advocate, GLAAD, Family Circle magazine, Cosmopolitan magazine among others. I’m a regular participant at transgender and LGBTQI conferences, including the Trans Health, Gender East, and Transcending Boundaries conferences.

I also sit on the Advisory Board of the Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project, where I advise on strategic partnerships and overall goals for the organization. Read More

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“Whether she’s speaking to parents of “different” kids or to everyone else who wants to understand the joys and struggles of this experience at its genesis, Jodie Patterson’s voice ranges from matter-of-fact to saucy, with few filters. Let her show you how the world can shift from exclusion to acceptance, one family at a time.”

Alexandra Rockey Fleming

Journalist and Author of Full of Heart with JR Martinez

“I’m not sure that any parent, even the most open-minded one, is prepared for the moment they discover their son or daughter is transgender. But Jodie Patterson’s willingness to really listen and learn from her child, with an open mind and full heart, makes her ongoing journey a beautiful teachable moment for us all.”

Suzanne Rust

Lifestyle Editor, Family Circle Magazine

“It can feel impossible to encapsulate the true nature of unconditional love, support and healing that comes from family. But Jodie Patterson has done just that in her remarkably moving book, The Bold World. Whether she’s describing conversations around her grandmother’s kitchen table or a karate tournament with her son, Penel, in Atlantic City, Jodie writes with honesty, heart and respect for all those around her. Jodie comes from a long line of strong, confident and brave women and it’s clear to see that she has followed in their footsteps.”

Grace Bonney

Founder of Design*Sponge

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The Bold World

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