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
An Intersex Life
BORN BOTH one of Harper’s ten memoirs to be inspired by!
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/Read More
Proud to Be a Part of History in the Making!
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…Read More
BORN BOTH one of NY Public Library’s Essential Reads on Feminism!
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,…Read More
Quoted in Rep Ro Khanna’s press release about new X passport bill
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…Read More
Props in Publishers Weekly for my non-fiction short story, “SOS Sex”
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…Read More
Sex Testing Female Assigned Women in Sport: 1950 – Today
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…Read More
My Wash Post essay on the Caster Semenya ruling
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…Read More
Latest in OUT about news Pulaski may have been intersex
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…Read More
Interview in The Advocate about Pulaski being Intersex
Thank you to The Advocate for this fantastic article about the Smithsonian Channel documentary, “Was The General A Woman?”, which reveals that General Casimir…Read More
What Pulaski’s Being Intersex Means for Intersex & Trans People Today
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…Read More
Great Interview with OUT Chicago Radio
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…Read More
On Trump Memo and Intersex Inclusion in New Now Next
Happy Intersex Awareness Day 2018 everyone! In my latest oped essay for Logo’s New Now Next, I discuss how we need intersex awareness more than ever…Read More
Defending Third Gender Legislation in the NY Daily News
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…Read More
Celebrating National Coming Out Day!
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…Read More
U.S. Judge Rules in Favor of Nonbinary Passport!
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…Read More
Amplifying Intersex Voices in the Intersex Quarterly!
Lots of people have reached out to me in the last year and a half since my memoir came out to let me know…Read More
Presenting Keynote at the 15th Int’l Symposium on Genital Autonomy & Children’s Rights
Genital Autonomy America (GA America) is an amazing organization which has helped thousands to attain, and continues the fight for all babies and children…Read More
Presenting Keynote at Texas State University’s Queer Summit!
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…Read More
Born Both to be Published in German!
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…Read More
Born Both nominated for a Lammy!
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?…Read More
Celebrating Black History Month with IC4E!
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…Read More