I'm Hida (pronounced "Heeda"), one of the first publicly intersex, non-binary and gender-fluid people on this beautiful planet.

This site shares my writing and my work creating mainstream awareness, and advocating for human rights, about and for my communities.

referring to or being a person whose internal and/or external sexual and reproductive organs are not typically male or female

relating to or being a person who identifies with or expresses a gender identity that is neither entirely male nor entirely female

of, relating to, or being a person whose gender identity is not fixed

The Spectrum of Sex:
The Science of Male, Female and Intersex

Born Both:
An Intersex Life

This reel highlights some of my best television interviews. (3:44 minute)

BORN BOTH one of Harper’s ten memoirs to be inspired by!

By Hida | January 27, 2022 |

Wha an AWESOME surprise to find my memoir BORN BOTH: AN INTERSEX LIFE, on Harper’s Bazaar UK’s list of “10 memoirs and autobiographies to be inspired by“–alongside Maya Angelou, Michelle Obama, Gkoria Steinem, and others! Huge thanks to Harper’s for reading and including a queer, Latine, intersex, non-binary voice on this list–what an honor! https://www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/culture/entertainment/g37950787/memoirs-autobiographies/

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Proud to Be a Part of History in the Making!

By Hida | October 28, 2021

Yes, that’s my thumb in the picture–holding the first US X Passport!!! It was issued yesterday to my friend and colleague at IC4E (the Intersex…

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BORN BOTH one of NY Public Library’s Essential Reads on Feminism!

By Hida | August 20, 2020

I’m DEEPLY honored to share that  my memoir Born Both: An Intersex Life was selected for the New York Public Library’s list of Essential Reads on Feminism,…

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Quoted in Rep Ro Khanna’s press release about new X passport bill

By Hida | February 26, 2020

I am so very proud to have worked on a bill , introduced yesterday, Tuesday, February 25th, by Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17), which instructs the…

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Props in Publishers Weekly for my non-fiction short story, “SOS Sex”

By Hida | December 13, 2019

I’m thrilled to hear that my first non-fiction short story, “SOS Sex,” one of seventeen short stories in the Akashic noir anthology, Santa Fe Noir…

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Sex Testing Female Assigned Women in Sport: 1950 – Today

By Hida | May 11, 2019

As reactions to the Court of Arbitration of Sport’s (CAS) ruling against track star Caster Semenya reveal, many people are unaware that females with XY…

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My Wash Post essay on the Caster Semenya ruling

By Hida | May 11, 2019

My latest, “Stop trying to make Caster Semenya fit a narrow idea of womanhood. It’s unscientific and unethical,” in The Washington Post, explores the May…

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Latest in OUT about news Pulaski may have been intersex

By Hida | April 9, 2019

My latest essay, in OUT, about what the news that Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski may have been intersex says about surgeries aimed to “fix” intersex kids…

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Interview in The Advocate about Pulaski being Intersex

By Hida | April 9, 2019

  Thank you to The Advocate for this fantastic article about the Smithsonian Channel documentary, “Was The General A Woman?”, which reveals that General Casimir…

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What Pulaski’s Being Intersex Means for Intersex & Trans People Today

By Hida | April 8, 2019

I’m deeply honored to have been asked to participate in the Smithsonian Channel documentary, “The General Was Female?”, which examines years of research which conclude…

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Great Interview with OUT Chicago Radio

By Hida | April 7, 2019

Thanks to Scott Duff and Ellen Miller at OUT Chicago Radio for a fantastic radio interview about the groundbreaking news that General Casimir Pulaski, renowned…

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Defending Third Gender Legislation in the NY Daily News

By Hida | October 14, 2018

  Big thanks the my old hometown paper, the New York Daily News, for letting me address all the intersex, non-binary, and trans deniers out…

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Celebrating National Coming Out Day!

By Hida | October 11, 2018

  I’ve been out longer than I care to divulge –or I guess I should say, “divulge here,” as anyone who’s read my memoir knows…

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U.S. Judge Rules in Favor of Nonbinary Passport!

By Hida | September 20, 2018

  I couldn’t be happier or prouder about this news today, and to have played a role in it! Having a District Court Judge of the…

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Amplifying Intersex Voices in the Intersex Quarterly!

By Hida | September 11, 2018

  Lots of people have reached out to me in the last year and a half since my memoir came out to let me know…

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Presenting Keynote at the 15th Int’l Symposium on Genital Autonomy & Children’s Rights

By Hida | May 4, 2018

  Genital Autonomy America (GA America) is an amazing organization which has helped thousands to attain, and continues the fight for all babies and children…

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Presenting Keynote at Texas State University’s Queer Summit!

By Hida | April 25, 2018

  Many say Texas is scary, and it has been politically—which is why I can’t wait to speak at Texas State this Friday. Come on…

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Born Both to be Published in German!

By Hida | March 19, 2018

  I’m very happy to announce that my memoir Born Both: An Intersex Life (Hachette Books) will be available in German with Zaglossus Books this summer, summer…

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Born Both nominated for a Lammy!

By Hida | March 6, 2018

    OMG, my memoir Born Both: An Intersex Life has been nominated for a Lammy–the Lambda Literary Award! Queer non-binary Latinx intersex appreciation??!!!??? Whaaaat?…

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Celebrating Black History Month with IC4E!

By Hida | February 26, 2018

The face of intersex activism has often been portrayed as white, but this is far from the truth. As usual, black people have played an…

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