Intersex Writer and Activist
NPR Reviews Born Both!

NPR Reviews Born Both!

“These books by Gay, Riggs, and Viloria tell stories that should be heard, that lift up and give meaning to scientific facts of variable bodies, diseases, and genders — and how we respond to them.”

Thanks to Barbara J King and NPR for including Born Both in this review, described below. 🙂

“The pairing of memoir and science writing can be an excellent conduit for learning: What may strike a reader as somewhat abstract in science writing may become more real when encountered in a searing narrative of a person’s own highly specific experience.

Here’s a look at a trio of recent memoirs that involve three topics I’ve written about at 13.7 — fatness, cancer and gender (though really, gender is threaded through all three).”

Read full review here.

Born Both Reviewed by the New York Times!

Born Both Reviewed by the New York Times!

    I’m overjoyed and deeply grateful to see the labor and love of my life, Born Both: An Intersex Life, reviewed by the New York Times! It’s thrilling and touching that so many have been feeling my memoir’s message of love and acceptance for all humans–basically, a dream come true. 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

Rave Review of Born Both in The Washington Post!

Rave Review of Born Both in The Washington Post!

    Enormous thanks to Juliet Jacques for this in-depth, beautiful, rave review of my memoir Born Both: An Intersex Life, in the Washington Post:”Overcoming trauma and intolerance as an intersex activist.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/overcoming-trauma-and-intolerance-as-an-intersex-activist/2017/03/24/a586555e-f222-11e6-a9b0-ecee7ce475fc_story.html?utm_term=.291eff4232ed Continue Reading

Born Both Selected as one of People’s Best New Books!

Born Both Selected as one of People’s Best New Books!

    “Intersex people often have their dual gender surgically ‘corrected,’ but trailblazing activist Viloria didn’t. Her memoir is fierce, brave, and a clarion call to celebrate our differences.” — People Magazine on Born Both: An Intersex Life Thrilled to see that People magazine has selected my recently released memoir Born Both: An Intersex Life… Continue Reading

Interview in Rolling Stone!

Interview in Rolling Stone!

  As a kid, I loved and devoured Rolling Stone interviews, and so I can’t say how thrilled I am to find myself interviewed in it! Huge thanks to Rolling tone for seeing the value in my memoir Born Both, and to Larissa Pham for this fantastic interview! Please enjoy and share widely to further… 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

Quoted in People Magazine!

Quoted in People Magazine!

I was SO happy to hear the news last week about NYC’s intersex birth certificate—from the fantastic Sara Kelly Keenan, the person who’s been issued the historic certificate– and to share it, and today I’m thrilled to be quoted about the development in People magazine! From the article, “Advocates Say Issuing Nation’s First Intersex Birth Certificate… 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

Quoted in National Geographic

Quoted in National Geographic

Lots of times people don’t remedy situations when unfortunate mistakes are made, but National Geographic magazine did,  and I’m so happy about it!  In this article, editor-in-chief Susan Goldberg explains why they originally defined being intersex as a “disorder” in their “Gender Revolution” issue, and why they changed the definition–quoting yours truly in the process.… Continue Reading

Quoted in UN’s Intersex Awareness Campaign!

Quoted in UN’s Intersex Awareness Campaign!

I’m deeply grateful to the folks at the UN’s Free & Equal Campaign for continuing to work towards ending discrimination against intersex people–today with the launch of their beautiful Intersex Awareness campaign–and deeply honored to participate as one of the people featured in their Intersex Voices segment. They wanted short statements geared at educating the… Continue Reading

My Bibliography

Here it is, freshly updated, my intersex and non-binary perspectives on gender, human rights, embracing difference, discrimination in sports, and mainly, love & equality. Enjoy! Bibliography, Hida Viloria #intersexWriting #BornBoth #HidaViloria #intersexArticles #intersexEssays #IntersexWriters #IntersexVoices Continue Reading

Published in new college textbook by Oxford Univ. Press!

Published in new college textbook by Oxford Univ. Press!

My essay, “What’s in a Name: Intersex and Identity”, was selected for and appears in the college textbook, Queer: A Reader for Writers, published this January, 2016, by Oxford University Press. The book includes an interdisciplinary mix of public, academic, and cultural reading selections, and was developed for courses in first-year writing. It provides students with… 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 interview in The Human Agenda: Conversations about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

My interview in The Human Agenda: Conversations about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

    I am interviewed in the fantastic new book The Human Agenda: Conversations about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (February 5, 2015), by author and LGBTQI advocate Joe Wenke. I speak about the harmful “normalizing” non-consensual medical practices – a.k.a. Intersex Genital Mutiltion (IGM) – that intersex minors are often subjected to, the dangers of… Continue Reading

New Advocate Essay: Stop Freaking Out About Intersex Female Athletes

New Advocate Essay: 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

New essay in The Advocate: Intersex & Identity

New essay in The Advocate: 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

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

Your Beautiful Child: Information for Parents

Your Beautiful Child: Information for Parents

I am touched and excited to announce my new free resource for parents of intersex newborns: Your Beautiful Child: Information for Parents. It is available in two versions: — Your Beautiful Child Tri-fold Brochure — Your Beautiful Child One-Sheet Version This project was a labor of love, inspired by the many mothers who have asked… Continue Reading

US Ban on Female Genital Mutilation Mired in Racism and Fear

US Ban on Female Genital Mutilation Mired in Racism and Fear

  My latest blog post for today, The International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation.  Racism & Intersexphobia in US Ban on Female Genital Mutilation And in The Global Herald: “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/ Fyi, The Global Herald changed my original title, which used the… Continue Reading

Discriminatory Views Create Discriminatory Medical Treatment

Discriminatory Views Create Discriminatory Medical Treatment Author: Hida Viloria, Chairperson, Organisation Intersex International (OII), Director OII USA http://oiiinternational.com/oiiusa/intersex-information/intersex-people-and-medical-treatment/ Note: A small percentage of intersex variations sometimes require medical attention for immediate health reasons.  This treatment is necessary, and is not what I am referring to below. People who promote nonconsensual genital surgeries and/or hormone therapy for… Continue Reading

My Letter to the United Nations regarding human rights for intersex people!

My Letter to the United Nations regarding human rights for intersex people!

  SOOO honored and thrilled to have contacted the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN OHCHR) about including intersex people in their human rights efforts. With ILGA, ILGA-Europe, and all participants of the 2nd International Intesex Forum (in Stockholm) signing in support, it’s the first global call by and for… Continue Reading

Quoted in the LA Times about the Olympics’ unsound policies for intersex women:

Quoted in the LA Times about the Olympics’ unsound policies for intersex women:

  Is sex testing in the Olympics a fool’s errand? I’m quoted in the Los Angeles Times in an article by Jon Bardin about the Olympics’ unsound policies for intersex women. “According to Hida Viloria, director of the Organisation Intersex International, such therapies amount to ‘an athlete doing an experiment on themselves,’ and she likens… Continue Reading

Quoted in Guardian UK

Quoted in Guardian UK

  I’m quoted today from my recent letter in The NY Times in this KICK-ASS article by Katrina Karkazis (author of Fixing Sex) and Rebecca Jordan-Young, about the Olympics discriminatory policy toward intersex women. yay! 🙂 “In a letter to The New York Times, Viloria pointed out that meeting participants discussed other physical and medical… Continue Reading

Intersex and Unnecessary Medical Treatment

Discriminatory Views Create Discriminatory Medical Treatment Author: Hida Viloria, Chairperson, Organisation Intersex International (OII), Director OII USA http://oiiinternational.com/oiiusa/ Note: A small percentage of intersex variations sometimes require medical attention for immediate health reasons.  This treatment is necessary, and is not what I am referring to below. People who promote nonconsensual genital surgeries and/or hormone therapy for… 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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