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This week’s episode is one I don’t think you will ever forget. I am talking with the incredibly inspirational Jodie Patterson.  

Jodie Patterson is an author, activist, beauty explorer, and mother of five. She holds the position of Chair of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Board, our nation’s largest LGBT organization. she sits on the Board of Directors for The Shabazz Center – which upholds the legacy and teachings of Malcolm X, as well as the Mount Sinai’s Institute for Health Equity Research Task Force, the Advisory Board of the Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project, and Mount Sinai’s Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery Advisory Board. The United Nations recognized Patterson as a Champion of Change.

Today we talk about her children, the role of being a mother (can this include having sex on the kitchen counter?) Most profound is her story of when her three-year-old son announced “Mama I’m not a girl. I’m a boy.” From that moment on, Jodie set out to inform herself, shift her own bias and change the way her community understood gender. 

Patterson chronicled that journey in her memoir, The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Transformation – hailed by Alice Walker as “Marvelous”.

Simply put Jodie is a true badass, teacher, and a voice we should all be listening to if we really want to experience freedom. 


Books: The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Transformation, Born Ready: The True Story of a Boy Named Penelope

Human Rights Foundation

The Shabazz Center

Mount Sinai Institute for Health Equity

Mount Sinai Transgender Surgery

Ackerman Research Project

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