Writer, Speaker, Author, Activist
Interviewed on NPR’s AirTalk Radio About Banning Medically Unnecessary Surgeries on Intersex Minors

Interviewed on NPR’s AirTalk Radio About Banning Medically Unnecessary Surgeries on Intersex Minors

    Big thanks to NPR LA’s AirTalk w/ @LarryMantle–the award-winning public affairs show airing weekdays 10a-12p on 89.3 KPCC–for having me on to discuss intersex activists’ call for a ban on medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex minors, aka Intersex Genital Mutilation (IGM). I open the 19 minute segment, “Should Surgery on Intersex Children Be… Continue Reading

Awesome Radio interview on Girl Boner!

Awesome Radio interview on Girl Boner!

  Happy Friday everyone! Haven’t been feeling the blog, but here’s this interview on the awesome Girl Boner.(Okay, HOW perfect is this show’s title for me— whaaaaa???) This is one of my favorite interviews so far. 🙂 Thanks to creator and host, the fabulous August McLaughlin​, for having me on and for being so intersex-positive!… Continue Reading

Remember: Sex Positive = Intersex Positive

Remember: Sex Positive = Intersex Positive

    My latest essay, “Remember: Sex-Positive = Intersex-Positive,” in The Huffington Post, examines the intersectionality of feminism and intersex issues by exploring medical and social views towards clitoral reduction surgeries on intersex baby girls and future women– AND I got to use the word “hermaphrodyke” in it! Enjoy, and please share widely to educate… Continue Reading

My Interview on SoCal NPR’s Air Talk

My Interview on SoCal NPR’s Air Talk

    Big thanks to Air Talk host Larry Mantle, and everyone at 89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio (SCPR)– a member-supported public media network that operates across the region, reaching from Santa Barbara down to Los Angeles and Orange Counties, and out to the Coachella Valley– for a great interview earlier today. Larry’s questions… Continue Reading

Fear of Flying–or at Least the TSA–While Intersex

Fear of Flying–or at Least the TSA–While Intersex

Big thanks to The Daily Beast for publishing my latest essay, “Fear of Flying–or at least the TSA–while intersex.” On March 6, I read that the Supreme Court had remanded the case filed by Gavin Grimm—the 17-year-old transgender student who’s fighting to use the same restroom as the other boys at his school—sending it back… Continue Reading

Born Both Excerpt in OUT Magazine

Born Both Excerpt in OUT Magazine

    I’m very grateful to the editors at OUT, the U.S.’s largest LGBT+ online magazine, for running “Intersex Activist Navigates Gendered Bathrooms, Gay Clubs in Exclusive Born Both Excerpt.” I think it’s a perfect venue for me– a long term queer activist who has at different points embodied every letter in the LGBTI acronym!… Continue Reading

Why We Must Dismantle the Intersex Closet

Why We Must Dismantle the Intersex Closet

  So nice to be writing essays again after a rather long hiatus working on my memoir. Big thanks to The Advocate for running my latest, “Why We Must Dismantle the Intersex Closet.” Please share if you like to help spread awareness and make it easier for your intersex friends and their families to come… Continue Reading

Intersex Pride on Oprah

Intersex Pride on Oprah

    “I wouldn’t be a ‘regular’ woman if you paid me: this is who I want to be.” — Hida on Oprah “I find this so fascinating: you literally walk between worlds.” — Oprah Winfrey on Hida Viloria Sharing my “authentic self”, as Oprah calls it –my intersex, non-binary self which we’re all taught to hide–… Continue Reading

Supermodel Hanne Gaby Odiele comes out as intersex!

Supermodel Hanne Gaby Odiele comes out as intersex!

“You can be accepted however you happen to be! The ‘norm’ is not what you think it is.” — Hanne Gaby Odiele I am SO happy about this! Brava to supermodel Hanne Gaby Odiele for coming out as #intersex!  As outlined in USA Today, she did so, like all intersex advocates, to shine a light on… Continue Reading

Fantastic Born Both Review by Kirkus!

Fantastic Born Both Review by Kirkus!

“Intelligent and courageous, the author’s book chronicles one intersex person’s path to wholeness, but it also affirms the right of all intersex and nonbinary people to receive dignity and respect. A relentlessly honest and revealing memoir.” — Kirkus Reviews SO excited and happy about this review!!!! Thanks to Kirkus for reading! Read the full review here.… Continue Reading

US Govt Advised to Recognize Intersex & Non-binary People!

US Govt Advised to Recognize Intersex & Non-binary People!

I couldn’t be happier about this victorious ruling, or prouder to call Dana Zzyym, the plaintiff in the case, my friend! In case you missed news of Dana’s historic lawsuit, here’s this beautiful 1 minute video by Lambda Legal, Dana’s brilliant representatives in the case. You can read all about the details and court ruling… Continue Reading

Short Intvw on UN Radio’s UN Gender Focus

Short Intvw on UN Radio’s UN Gender Focus

  It’s hard to encapsulate complex intersex human rights issues and one’s life experience and gender identity in 2 minutes, but I’m very grateful to UN Radio for allowing me to do so in this educational segment about intersex people & gender fluid gender identity issues — even though they accidentally called me “HILDA”, lol.… Continue Reading

Please share this UN Intersex Awareness video!

Please share this UN Intersex Awareness video!

The sentiment of this #IntersexAwareness video is so beautiful it made me cry. It depicts a family deciding to love and acceptance their intersex newborn, in less than two minutes, and w/o dialogue so it can appeal to people of all language speaking communities.  PLEASE share widely today, #IntersexAwarenessDay, to help spread love & acceptance… Continue Reading

Essay published in Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics medical journal

Essay published in Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics medical journal

  My essay, “Promoting Health and Social Progress by Accepting and Depathologizing Benign Intersex Traits”, has been published in the Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics fall issue, which features a Narrative Symposium on Intersex. From the NIB website’s description of the symposium: What are the joys and heartaches faced by people diagnosed intersex? These symposium authors offer readers an honest look into their lives.… Continue Reading

My video by the U.N.’s Free & Equal Campaign!

My video by the U.N.’s Free & Equal Campaign!

    It is truly an honor to appear in the short video, What Does It Mean To Be Intersex?, by the UN Free & Equal Campaign for LGBT equality, which they have released in conjunction with their fantastic new Intersex Fact Sheet. https://unfe.org/system/unfe-65-Intersex_Factsheet_ENGLISH.pdf. The video was filmed when I was invited to speak at the… Continue Reading

Live Interview on LA radio’s Ann Walker Show, with Ian Harvie!

Live Interview on LA radio’s Ann Walker Show, with Ian Harvie!

I’m very excited to be interviewed live today on the fabulous Ann Walker Show,  co-hosted by hysterical, talented trans comedian Ian Harvie, who has starred on the acclaimed television show Transparent, and was interviewed along with me and others in the fantastic new book The Human Agenda. The show runs from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Pacific Standard… Continue Reading

My video in GENDER TALENTS, by Carlos Motta

My video in GENDER TALENTS, by Carlos Motta

I was interviewed for Gender Talents, a fantastic web-based project by artist Carlos Motta that engages movements and discourses for gender self-determination within trans and interest communities. Carlos did a FANTASTIC job capturing some of my best points about the numerous issues that impact intersex people —  such as homophobia, gender-variant-phobia, sexism, fear of lesbian… Continue Reading

Stop Freaking Out About Intersex Female Athletes

Stop Freaking Out About Intersex Female Athletes

Well, they changed my original title – “Bullying By Any Other Name: What’s Really Behind Regulations for Women with High Testosterone” – to, “Stop Freaking Out About Female Intersex Athletes”, but otherwise I’m thrilled to have this essay run in the Advocate! (Read here: http://www.advocate.com/commentary/2014/09/18/op-ed-stop-freaking-out-about-female-intersex-athletes).   It elaborates on the issue in all the ways… Continue Reading

On Aljazeera today, Sept 3rd, 12:30pm PST

On Aljazeera today, Sept 3rd, 12:30pm PST

I’m thrilled to be on Aljazeera radio’s The Stream today, speaking about how the sports regulations against intersex women athletes — specifically those with hyperandrogenism (high testosterone levels) — are discrimination, pure & simple. Also on will be fabulous allies Payoshni Mitra and Katrina Karkazis. Click here to watch. 🙂 https://docs.google.com/file/d/0Bw1ZTKAAZLcNck5UOXlIaUlTZFk/preview   Continue Reading

Interview on IMRU Radio, Los Angeles

https://soundcloud.com/prideonscreen/imru-show-140616. Got to speak to fantastic intersex ally Vash Boddie of IMRU Radio for this one, mainly about the Third international Intersex Forum and the global intersex advocacy community’s goals, and I love how it came out. 🙂 The interview starts 34:20 minutes in FYI, and is short and sweet, in case you wanna give… Continue Reading

What’s In A Name: Intersex & Identity

What’s In A Name: Intersex & Identity

My latest blog post/essay —  What’s in a Name: Intersex and Identity — discusses the history of society deeming people who are different as innately inferior, how this is currently happening to intersex people, and how this language does not support equality. Hope you like it, & thanks to the Advocate for running it! http://www.advocate.com/commentary/2014/05/14/op-ed-whats-name-intersex-and-identity Continue Reading

Interview on LA Talk Radio 5-7pm

Today I’ll be talking with fabulous radio personality Sheena Metal — who recently came out as intersex herself — on her show the Sheena Metal Experience!!! Two intersex folks dishing it for two hours on the radio– it’s a first for me & it should be great. 🙂 To listen in, go to: http://tunein.com/radio/The-Sheena-Metal-Experience-p399804/ Continue Reading

Video of my presentation at the UN. O M G….!

Video of my presentation at the UN. O M G….!

    Yesterday was a magical moment, a dream come true. Feeling blessed & grateful to have this opportunity to educate the world about intersex people’s need for human rights, and with such amazing co-panelists. NOTE: UN High Commissioner of Human Rights Navi Pillay had to cancel due to Nelson Mandela’s memorial, but UN Assistant… Continue Reading

My segment on HuffPostLive

My segment on HuffPostLive

    This was perhaps my most enjoyable media experience ever, b/c I got to do it with some of my favorite American intersex activists.  I’m grateful & thrilled that HuffPostLive wanted to do a segment with intersex people about who we are, and that they asked me to direct them to the other guests.… Continue Reading

Germany’s Third-Gender Law Fails on Equality, in The Advocate

Germany’s Third-Gender Law Fails on Equality, in The Advocate

  Yes, there’s more to say about Germany’s new third gender law, especially to readers that understand the LGBTI perspective and the issues that affect us.  Also, I got to correct inaccurate press statements about Australia’s third gender law applying to intersex babies, which it doesn’t, just adults who want it. Read “Germany’s Third Gender… Continue Reading

I’ll be on BBC World Services tonight

I’ll be on BBC World Services tonight

    I’m going to be interviewed on BBC World Services tonight about being intersex in light of Germany’s new third gender law, which becomes effective tomorrow, November 1st. The show, Newsday, starts at 8:30pm PST (calif time), and I should be on approx 9:20pm. Spoiler alert: the law is NOT a good thing for… Continue Reading

Why We Must Protect Intersex Babies, in The Advocate

Why We Must Protect Intersex Babies, in The Advocate

    I spoke so much in the 90’s and the first decade of the 21st century about the serious harms caused by medically unnecessary cosmetic genital surgeries on intersex babies — which I and other intersex people call “intersex genital mutilation”, or IGM — that my essays in the past few years have focused… Continue Reading

On The Ann Walker Show — the Day of DOMA’s Defeat!

On The Ann Walker Show — the Day of DOMA’s Defeat!

    Hi all! So excited to be speaking today — on the historic demise of DOMA (the Defense of marriage Act)– with radio personality and award-winning TV, film and stage actress Ann Walker on The Ann Walker Show on United Broadcast Radio.  Tune in from 6-7:30pm (I’ll be coming on around 6:20) at ubnradio.com, Channel… Continue Reading

Intersex: The Final Coming Out Frontier

Intersex: The Final Coming Out Frontier

  I’m thrilled to have one of my blog essays, “Intersex: The Final Coming Out Frontier“,  published in The Advocate, the US’s oldest, largest LGBT (hopefully soon to be LGBTI) publication. Yay for inclusion! (Even if they did use the dorkiest picture of me ever, lol!)    Continue Reading

Out as Intersex & Genderqueer in GENDERNAUTS

Out as Intersex & Genderqueer in GENDERNAUTS

  Gendernauts is the groundbreaking, multi award-winning 1999 documentary by German filmmaker Monika Truet, which shows us a group of artists in San Francisco who live between the poles of conventional gender identities. The New York Times review of the film, after it’s February 4, 2000, United States premiere at Manhattan’s Cinema Village, had this to say… Continue Reading

My Appearance on Montel Williams

Hida on Montel Williams: December 1998.   Wow I was young! Look out for part 3:56 minutes in where I call out a doctor on his prejudiced, negative portrayal of intersex bodies and get big applause from the audience. 🙂 Continue Reading

My interview on Oprah

My interview on Oprah

    Hida on Oprah!  Finally, the video of my 2007 Oprah interview, on the episode “Growing Up Intersex.” 🙂   I love where Oprah says I “walk between worlds”, and also where I say that I don’t want to have to choose between male or female because “I’m both.” But most of all, I love… Continue Reading

Zero Tolerance to FGM — Unless They’re Intersex (aka US Ban on Female Genital Mutilation Mired in Racism and Fear)

Zero Tolerance to FGM — Unless They’re Intersex (aka US Ban on Female Genital Mutilation Mired in Racism and Fear)

  Note: This article is based on my blog post Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation — Unless They’re Intersex I’m happy to report that it was re-published in The Global Herald, but note that they changed the title, unfortunately, to: “US Ban on Female Genital Mutilation Mired in Racism and Fear.” /http://theglobalherald.com/u-s-ban-on-female-genital-mutilation-mired-in-racism-and-fear/29098/ Continue Reading

Video: Hida featured in Intersexion documentary

Trailer for the 2012 documentary Intersexion, featuring yours truly & tons of other rad intersex folks.  It hasn’t shown in the US yet, but it’s already won the Best Documentary Award at New Zealand’s Edge Film Festival, where it’s from, and is researched and presented by pioneering New Zealand intersex activist Mani Mitchell, who I’m… Continue Reading

My Letter to the Sports Editor of the New York Times

My Letter to the Sports Editor of the New York Times

  Click here to see the original posting at the NYT  >> To the Sports Editor: Re “No Clear Option for Testing,” June 18: At the 2010 Winter Olympics, a sportscaster said, in reference to the figure skater Johnny Weir, “We should make him pass a gender test.” Another jokingly suggested that Weir compete in… Continue Reading

Lobbying the IOC on behalf  intersex women athletes

Lobbying the IOC on behalf intersex women athletes

    Originally published as “Gender Rules In Sport: Leveling the Paying Field or Reversed Doping?” on April 11, 2011 in The Global Herald online. https://web.archive.org/web/20130514122301/http://theglobalherald.com/opinion-gender-rules-in-sport-leveling-the-playing-field-or-reversed-doping/14837/ Continue Reading

Hida to speak at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas

 event link >> Hida Viloria State: Confirmed Time: Wed Feb-23-2011 07:30 PM  to  09:00 PM Location: COAT 237 WAXAHACHIE Coates University Center 237 – Waxahachie Room (40 expected) Web Site*: http://hidaviloria.com/index.html By Invitation Only?: No Open To The Public?: Yes Admission Fee Required?: No Organization: STUDENT AFFAIRS Requestor: Richard Reams     210-999-7411 Description:  Hida (“Heeda”) Viloria, an intersex activist… Continue Reading

Hida speaks at Texas State University

Hida will be speaking at Texas State University, Austin TX Intersex activist, Hida Viloria, will be discussing her story with faculty, staff, and students, as well as addressing the current issues surrounding intersex and how we can all better support and positively impact these individuals. Facebook page for the event >> Continue Reading

Hida Hosts Taiwanese intersex activist Hiker Chui

Hiker won an award from her university to further her Ph.D. studies by travelling to the U.S. to meet leaders in the intersex activist movement. She is a brave, beautiful soul & I was honored to have her stay with me and further build our international human rights movement. Continue Reading

Hida’s petition to the International Olympic Committee (IOC)

Hi everyone, I’m sure you’ve all heard about the sex verification debacle that South African track start Caster Semenya was forced to undergo. Shortly afterwards, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) began holding meetings with panels of medical experts to deliberate the fate of intersex female athletes. After one of these meetings in January, 2010, physician… Continue Reading

Hida on Inside Edition – her experience and the Caster Semenya controversy

Hida will be on Inside Edition speaking about her experience as an intersex woman in light of the controversy over champion South African runner Caster Semenya’s “sex-testing.” KRON Channel 4, 5pm in San Francisco; check local programming for time in your location. Watch video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HwLfvKPAZY Her breathtaking speed shattered the world record in the women’s… Continue Reading

Video: Hida on Oprah

Video: Hida on Oprah

Growing Up Intersex and a Discussion of the Book Middlesex Boy or girl, how do we know? Meet people who grew up intersex. Also, a discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides on the book club selection Middlesex. Hida will be sharing what it’s like to be intersex – without having been subjected to “corrective”… Continue Reading

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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