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How You Can Help End Intersex Genital Mutilation Right Now (VIDEO)

How You Can Help End Intersex Genital Mutilation Right Now (VIDEO)

Hi everyone!
I’m thrilled to see the intersex movement growing, but many folks still don’t understand why the human rights abuse of Intersex Genital Mutilation, or IGM (a.k.a. medically unnecessary nonconsensual surgeries on intersex infants and minors) persists, or what they can do to help end it. I’ve been told (and finally made myself watch it so can confirm, lol) that this video — a recording of my presentation in August, 2014 at the Genital Autonomy Conference in Boulder, CO — does an excellent, engaging job at educating folks on precisely these issues. You can help end IGM right now without spending a penny. Please watch and share, and thank you in advance for being beautiful, loving allies and human beings!

Special giant thanks to wonderful photographer and videographer James Loewen for making this video
and posting it on Intersex Awareness Day, October 26th, 2017. #IAD2017 #StopIGM

NOTE: Since this presentation was given, I have begun asking expecting parents if they know whether they’re expecting a boy, girl, OR intersex child. Also, there was a 2012 study performed in the Netherlands and Belgium on intersex adults, including somewhat have not been subjected to IGM, but the results were inconclusive. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/isrn/2012/276742/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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