Intersex Writer and Activist

Praise for Born Both

“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, Best New Books (4/3/17 newsstand issue)

“Viloria’s memoir Born Both tells the poignant and powerful story of h/er struggle to understand and speak out about gender identity.” — The Washington Post

“In a time when it is somehow acceptable to try to meddle with which public restrooms another adult wishes to use, Viloria’s new memoir Born Both promises a refreshing, honest & essential booster shot of empathy & insight.”– “Culture Essentials for March“, by Brooklyn Based

“Intelligent and courageous, [Born Both]… affirms the right of all intersex and nonbinary people to receive dignity and respect. A relentlessly honest and revealing memoir.”
Kirkus Reviews

“How do you discover who you are when you are born outside of what culture has decided is possible? Hida Viloria answers this question with this moving and essential memoir, a personal history that is also something of a history of America’s blind spots around gender and sex.”
—-Alexander Chee, bestselling author of The Queen of the Night

“Hida Viloria’s touching and generous memoir shines a beautiful light of understanding not only on what it’s like to discover, explore, and own one’s identity as an intersex person, but also on what it means to be human. Through heartbreak and humor, Viloria writes with welcome candor and insight—and shows us that there is so much more beauty, brilliance, and complexity than can ever be contained in the categories ‘male’ or ‘female.’”
—-Sam McConnell, producer of HBO’s The Out List and The Trans List

“Born Both is a courageous and compelling personal story that helps give us the necessary knowledge and understanding of the complex topics of intersexuality and gender fluidity. Hida Viloria has boldly brought us along on this journey of understanding and pushes us forward to become a more inclusive culture where we value everyone—not in spite of our differences, but rather because they make us perfectly and uniquely us. A must read.”
-—Jane Clementi, co-founder of the Tyler Clementi Foundation

“Words come alive in Born Both, which Hida Viloria has written with intellectual sophistication as well as passion for intersex activism. In this memoir, Viloria eloquently tells a deeply personal story within larger structural narratives of race/ethnicity, gender, and class, making for a simultaneously pleasurable and informative read. This book will not only captivate those interested in intersex activism and gender revolution but also those who enjoy skillful storytelling.”
Georgiann Davis, PhD, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and author of Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis


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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.”