ChangeNOW 2021


Jodie Patterson

Human Rights Campaign

LGBT Advocate, Chair of HRC foundation board


Jodie Patterson is an author, activist, beauty explorer and mother of 5. She holds the position of Chair of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Board, our nation’s largest LGBT organization. As a globally recognized activist, she speaks on topics of radical parenting, identity, and gender. When her son announced at the age of 3 “Mama I’m not a girl. I’m a boy”, 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”. Cosmopolitan Magazine filmed a mini documentary on Jodie’s family in 2016 - reaching over 11 million views. Her second book, Born Ready: The True Story Of A Boy Named Penelope allows her 5 children’s voices to be heard, showing us how an entire community can be flexible and change for those they love. Patterson is also a long-standing entrepreneur, co-founding two beauty companies and receiving Beauty Skin Expert of the Year award by Cosmopolitan Magazine. She co-owns the live performance venue Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater. Along with the work Patterson does with the Human Rights Campaign, she sits on Mount Sinai’s Institute for Health Equity Research Task Force, and on it’s Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery Advisory Board. She also works closely with the Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project, helping to stabilize families raising gender non-conforming children. The United Nations recognized Patterson as a Champion of Change. Jodie Patterson lives in Brooklyn where she co-raises her children with love, education and family solidarity.

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