Intersex Writer and Activist
Intersex Memoir Praised in NY Times, Washington Post and more!

Intersex Memoir Praised in NY Times, Washington Post and more!

From OII-USA, the Intersex Campaign for Equality

Intersex Memoir Praised in The New York Times, Washington Post & More!

 
“[A] poignant and powerful story.” – The Washington Post

“Viloria does us the even greater service (it’s more of a gift, really) of showing us what it means to live not just as both a man and a woman but also as a third gender that eventually emerges as the right one.” — The New York Times

“Groundbreaking…This brave and empowering book deserves a wide audience.” – Library Journal
 
In an era when the intersex community is still struggling for visibility, we are overjoyed to report that the recently released memoir, Born Both: An Intersex Life (Hachette Books, 3/14/17), has been receiving phenomenal praise–including a glowing review in last Sunday’s New York Times Book Review!


(Review also available online here.)
 
The memoir, by our very own founding director Hida Viloria, is the first book by an openly intersex author to be published by a “Big 5” publishing house, and has been selected for several book lists including People magazine’s “The Best New Books” list of six books (4/3/17 newsstand issue). We couldn’t be prouder, or happier with the level of attention Born Both has garnered for intersex issues.
 

 
After bringing visibilty and a message of intersex pride and equality to millions through appearances on Oprah, 20/20 and more, Viloria founded OII-USA and dedicated he/rself to bringing intersex awareness to mainstream audiences via he/r writing. We’re grateful for all he/r hard work giving voice to intersex issues, and for the recognition and mainstream press that Born Both and Viloria have received. In addition to feature reviews in The New York Times, Kirkus, The Washington Post, and more, Hida has been interviewed in Rolling Stone and Psychology Today, among others.
 


 

Born Both shares our E.D’s fascinating personal journey as a gender-fluid, queer, Latinx intersex feminist, and also highlights the intersex community’s efforts for bodily autonomy and self-determination, inspiring calls for intersex acceptance.
 
“Intelligent and courageous, [Born Both] 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.” — Kirkus Reviews
 
“Intersex babies often have their dual gender surgically ‘corrected,’ but trailblazing activist Viloria didn’t. Her book is fierce, brave, and a clarion call to celebrate our differences.” – People
 
Born Both’s mainstream success also demonstrates to stakeholders that intersex stories are worth telling, paving the way for more.
 

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

Last chance to pre-order Born Both!

Last chance to pre-order Born Both!

I’ve never had a baby, but this project gestated longer than one, and I’m about to give birth! Please support intersex voices and people in society by pre-ordering a copy today before it hits stores tomorrow. http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/hida-viloria/born-both/9780316347846/ Continue Reading

Audio Book Recording of Born Both Begins!

Audio Book Recording of Born Both Begins!

Starting tomorrow I’ll be in a studio for 5 days recording the audio version of my memoir—AH!!!!!! Can I really read that much out loud? It’s gonna be weird! But also cool. But weird…. Wish me luck! 🙂  #BornBoth #readingaloudgonewild #intersex  #intersexstories #memoir P.S. Haven’t started yet; this pic’s from a 2014 interview at KPFA Radio, in Berkeley.     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 Natl Geographic article about why they corrected Intersex definition

Quoted in Natl Geographic article about why they corrected Intersex definition

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

Quoted in Huff Post article “Intersex ED at the UN”

I’m honored to be quoted in the fantastic essay, “Intersex ED at the UN”, published in light of the upcoming #intersexAwarenessDay —  just 2 days away!  It explains that I feel blessed not have been subjected to Intersex Genital Mutilation (IGM), and that: “I want to encourage all parents of intersex kids to do the same. Trying to… Continue Reading

My Bibliography

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

Published in a new college textbook on queer theory by Oxford Univ. Press!

Published in a new college textbook on queer theory 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 the Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics medical journal

Essay published in the 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. The… Continue Reading

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 pathologizing intersex… Continue Reading

New Advocate Essay: Bullying Intersex Women Athletes with High T

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

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

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

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 Law… Continue Reading

My essay in The Advocate

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!) http://www.advocate.com/commentary/2013/06/12/op-ed-intersex-final-coming-out-frontier#.Ubh3p4FtWWQ.facebook 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

Blog & Essay in The Global Herald: Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation — Unless They’re Intersex!

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 word… 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 latest Unamiguously Intersex blog post: Colbert Just Got Cooler. Also on Tumblr (http://hidaviloria.tumblr.com)

Last week, Steven Colbert made fun of Republicans who complained that hurricane Sandy was  “good luck” for Obama, imitating their annoyance with, “’…Sandy?  What kind of a name is that? Are you a dude storm or a lady storm?’”  Yes folks, Steven Colbert is hip to intersex humor (intersex people, fyi, are born with sex… 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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