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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.

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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.”