I’m an author, a mother of five and an active LGBTQAI advocate who has been recognized for my activism by Hillary Clinton, GLAAD, Family Circle magazine, Cosmopolitan magazine, Yahoo, Refinery29, and numerous other outlets. I’m a regular speaker at national and international conferences on a variety of topics including identity, business, parenting and gender. In 2017 I gave a TEDx Talk in Germany entitled, Gender is Obsolete.

I hold the position of Board Director with the Human Rights Campaign, and work closely with HRC’s Parents for Transgender Equality Council. 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

The Bold World

A Memoir of Family and Transformation

Jodie Patterson

Ballantine Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, has acquired social activist Jodie Patterson’s.

Born Ready

The True Story of A Boy Named Penelope

Jodie Patterson

Random House 2020

Advance Praise

“A marvelous book! The Bold World reminds me of the best things we have learned from our uniquely instructive sojourn as black people in America. To be watchful; to pay attention; to make every attempt to comprehend reality; to believe that real life flows in the direction of the real, which is to say, of the true. Not to feel daunted by almost any obstacle for which we have brains and energy to challenge. To rejoice when Life comes through us and has the courage to keep on going.”

Alice Walker

Author of The Color Purple

“Written with sparkle, charm and refreshing frankness, The Bold World is of great moral purpose, moving and pellucid.”

Andres Solomon

NYT best selling author Far from the Tree

“Stunning, moving. Required reading for every parent, and anyone who has ever been parented.”

Janet Mock

New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realness and Surpassing Certainty

“In a time when everyone is searching, Jodie Patterson shows us the meaning of mastering our authenticity…finely crafted.”

Mara Brock Akil

TV writer/Director/Producer Love Is, Being Mary Jane, Girlfriends

“Our children need us to read this book – to see who we can’t see and to hear what we can’t hear.”

Christy Turlington Burns

Global maternal health advocate & Founder of Every Mother Counts

“This isn’t a book just for mothers or mothers of trans children or folks from the trans community. This is the work we all must do to be free. This a story for anyone seeking love.”

Elaine Welteroth

Aauthor of More Than Enough

“I see myself in Penelope, yearning to be understood.”

Jazz Jennings

Trans Youth Activist and star of, “I Am Jazz

“Once I started, I had to read it entirely.”

Bethann Hardison

Fashion Advocate

“Beautifully written, The Bold World is activism at is most pure level.”

Chad Griffin

Human Wright’s Campaign President

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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 Crowe visited with us at home in Brooklyn and snapped us as we were that day…a bit of everything. xxjodie my everything it’s chemical it’s unbreakable Read More »

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. When my child told me at two years Read More »

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