Intersex Writer and Activist

About

 

Hi everyone, I’m Hida (pronounced “Heeda”) Viloria, and I’m a gender fluid, Latinx intersex author, writer, and activist.

My bibliography is available here.

My mission is to obtain equality for intersex and nonbinary people as part of a broader vision for a world that accepts and values difference of every kind.

Please enjoy and share this 4 minute compilation of some of my best television interviews, &/or follow me on twitter @hidaviloria, in order to further understanding, acceptance and equality! 🙂

Short Bio:

Hida Viloria is a Latinx intersex writer, activist and author of the forthcoming Born Both: An Intersex Life (Hachette Books, March 14, 2017), who uses s/he and he/r pronouns (pronounced she/her to acknowledge he/r female feminist history). Viloria has written about intersex issues (Ms.,The Advocate, CNN.com, The New York Times, The American Journal of Bioethics…) and advocated extensively for intersex and non-binary rights as a lecturer, consultant, frequent television and radio guest (Oprah, HuffpostLive, 20/20, BBC…) and as the first openly intersex person invited to speak at the United Nations. Hida is founding director of the Intersex Campaign for Equality, and Chairperson of OII International, and has a degree in Gender and Sexuality from the University of California at Berkeley. S/he lives in Santa Fe with her partner and stepson.

Long Bio

Hida Viloria is a Latinx, gender fluid, intersex activist, writer and and author of the upcoming memoir, Born Both (March 2017, by Hatchette Book Group). Hida has a degree in Gender and Sexuality from the University of California at Berkeley, and has been educating people about intersex and non-binary issues since 1996, as a frequent lecturer, consultant (UN, Human Rights Watch, IOC) television and radio guest (HuffpostLive, Aljazeera, Oprah, 20/20, BBC, Inside Edition…), and in film (Gendernauts, One in 2000, Intersexion).  Viloria is Chairperson of the Organization Intersex International (OII), and Founder and Executive Director of its U.S. affiliate, the Intersex Campaign for Equality, a.k.a. OII-USA. S/he has written about intersex issues in The AdvocateMs., The New York Times, The American Journal of Bioethics, CNN.com, and others, in her blog Intersex and Out, and in the Oxford University Press college curriculum textbook, Queer: A Reader for Writers (2016).

Viloria has also been a pioneer of what is today known as “non-binary” gender identity, speaking in 1999’s Gendernauts about living in the middle space between male and female genders, and stating on Oprah in 2007 that s/he is “both”, and that non-binary people shouldn’t be forced to choose between being men or women.

In 2010, after garnering international support for South African track star Caster Semenya, who was banned from competition on suspicion of being intersex, Viloria served, by invitation, as the sole intersex representative at the International Olympic Committee’s meeting of experts in Lausanne, Switzerland.  S/he successfully argued against the pathologization of intersex people through the use of the stigmatizing label Disorders of Sex Development (DSD) and joined in the multiple voices lobbying for the full inclusion of intersex female athletes– without mandatory, medically unnecessary “feminizing treatments”–in competitive sport.

On Human Rights Day, 2012, s/he spearheaded the the first global demand for human rights by and for intersex people, as author of an open letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. It was signed by over 30 international intersex organizations, constituting almost every intersex organization in the world at the time.

Viloria also created the resources Brief Guidelines for Intersex Allies (with then OII-USA Associate Director Claudia Astern), and Your Beautiful Child: Information for Parentsa one of a kind resource for parents of intersex infants. It provides tips on how to communicate with friends and family about your child’s intersex traits, and other information, links to community resources, and medical studies on the risks of medical intervention rarely made available to parents.

In 2013, Viloria was selected and served as one of three intersex co-organizers of the Third International Intersex Forum, in Malta, hosted by the ILGA-Europe (the European division of ILGA, the International Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Association). The event culminated with the creation of the Statement of the Third International Intersex Forum, also known as the Malta Declaration, a consensus statement of human rights demands by the intersex community. On December 10th, Human Rights Day 2013, he/r pioneering human rights advocacy work was recognized with the honor of becoming the first openly intersex person to speak, by invitation, at the United Nations, at the event Sports Comes Out Against Homophobia with fellow “out” pioneers Martina Navratilova and Jason Collins.

In 2015, s/he was featured in the book, The Human Agenda: Conversations about Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity, in Gender Talents, a web-based project that engages movements and discourses for gender self-determination within trans and intersex communities, and in the video “What Does It Mean To Be Intersex?” by the UN’s Free & Equal Campaign for Equality. The video was released in conjunction with the publication of the UN Intersex Fact Sheet, which Viloria served as consultant on. In 2016, Hida continued to educate and advocate for intersex and non-binary peoplenas a lecturer and consultant. S/he holds a degree in Gender and Sexuality with high honors and high distinction from the University of California at Berkeley, and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Interesting fact: At approx. 1.7% of the population, Intersex people are as common as red-heads. “Everyone’s met an intersex person, you just may not know you have.”

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