Love & Prayers to Orlando & Everyone…

By Hida / June 13, 2016 /


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Presenting to Stanford Graduate Students

By Hida / June 5, 2016 /

    Excited to be presenting once again this year on intersex issues to Stanford University graduate students attending the Gender & Sexualities Field Trip in San Fransciso. It should be a wonderful group, for a wonderful event! June 6, 2016 Professor Inge Margrethe Hansen

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Long Live Grace: Happy Birthday & Thanks to a Genderqueer Pioneer!

By Hida / May 19, 2016 /

“The future is no sex.” — Grace Jones Countless people, including myself, have been deeply saddened by the loss of icons David Bowie and Prince this year. In my case, I also kicked myself, while grieving, for having never sent a message of gratitude to either one. God/dess knows if they’d ever have gotten it,…

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IDAHO-T and Me: Thoughts on Inter Connectivity & Inclusion

By Hida / May 18, 2016 /

Happy Belated IDAHO-T everyone! Yesterday was the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia (IDAHO-T), and I was too busy working towards LGBTQIA visibility and equality to post here in time! BIG apologies to all who follow me and my blog for being a bit M.I.A. this past year — it’s hard to finish the…

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Presenting at Princeton!

By Hida / April 21, 2016 /

I am honored and excited to be presenting my 101 workshop, “Reimagining the Human Species: Intersex People in Society”, and my lecture,” Sex is Complicated: Intersexionality and Intersex Human Rights, Identity and Discourse”, today at Princeton. It’s truly incredible to see how far awareness, and discussions about intersex people’s lives have come, and an honor…

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A Gender Fluid, Intersex Homage to David Bowie

By Hida / January 12, 2016 /

I’m supposed to be working on my manuscript draft, but this morning I learned that David Bowie had passed away, and there’s nothing more pressing and present in my psyche. I had hoped a Facebook post would suffice, but it turns out I can’t finish my memoir about being a gender fluid, intersex person until…

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Published in new college textbook by Oxford Univ. Press!

By Hida / January 2, 2016 /

My essay, “What’s in a Name: Intersex and Identity”, was selected for and appears in the college textbook, Queer: A Reader for Writers, published this January, 2016, by Oxford University Press. The book includes an interdisciplinary mix of public, academic, and cultural reading selections, and was developed for courses in first-year writing. It provides students with…

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Speaking at the APPPAH 19th Congress

By Hida / December 4, 2015 /

I’ll be speaking about the right to genital integrity, as it relates to intersex people, this Friday, December 4th, at the Association For Prenatal And Perinatal Psychology And Health (APPPAH)’s 19th International Congress (December 3-6, 2015). I am honored to be joined by FGM survivor, award-winning director (Fire Eyes, which highlights the barbaric practice of FGM),…

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Keynote Presentation at Intersex Solidarity Days in Vienna!

By Hida / November 1, 2015 /

    I’m excited to be invited by VIMO (aka OII Austria) and Platform Intersex Austria (PIA), to present at the Intersex Solidarity Days Conference in Vienna. I will be leading two 3 hour workshops alongside fellow activists, the fantastic Dan Christian Ghattas and Del LaGrace Volcano, of OII Europe, and also presented the keynote…

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Perhaps my favorite radio interview yet, on the Ann Walker Show :)

By Hida / October 29, 2015 /

I talk about the groundbreaking lawsuit for legal recognition of sex as other than just male and female, and SO may other things on UBN Radio’s Ann Walker Show, in LA. Mostly, I think I tap into the spirit of compassion for all beings in this interview more than ever. Hope you enjoy it. 🙂 Hida…

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OMG, the U.S. Gov’t finally has to deal with the fact that intersex folks exist!

By Hida / October 26, 2015 /

Wow. I ever thought i’d see the day that intersex people were on the brinkl of being legally recognized by the U.S. gov’t!  As if that wasn’t good enough, what an honor that the associate director of the org. I founded and direct, Dana Zzyymm, is the one suing the U.S. State Department, and that…

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Essay published in Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics medical journal

By Hida / September 5, 2015 /

  My essay, “Promoting Health and Social Progress by Accepting and Depathologizing Benign Intersex Traits”, has been published in the Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics fall issue, which features a Narrative Symposium on Intersex. From the NIB website’s description of the symposium: What are the joys and heartaches faced by people diagnosed intersex? These symposium authors offer readers an honest look into their lives.…

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My video by the U.N.’s Free & Equal Campaign!

By Hida / September 4, 2015 /

    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…

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Quoted in Great Buzzfeed Article

By Hida / August 5, 2015 /

    “I feel compelled to let the public know that you can grow up intersex and be perfectly fine and happy,” said Hida Viloria, the executive director of the U.S. affiliate of Organization Intersex International. “It’s not as hard being intersex as everyone assumes it will be — at least that’s my belief.” I’m…

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How Intersex People Identify

By Hida / July 10, 2015 /

Co-authored by Dana Zzyym. Much has been said recently, on the heels of all the media attention on Caitlin Jenner and Rachel Dolezal, about the issue of how people “identify”. Meanwhile, Intersex people have also been getting attention in the media, and an increasing amount of folks are finally aware of the fact that we…

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Speaking to Stanford students, about love

By Hida / June 24, 2015 /

    My mind has been spinning non-stop this past week, swirling in the aftermath and analysis of hate. We have witnessed so many innocent people being gunned down b/c they are black, and then a rash of hateful, dismissive, and/or devaluing remarks towards a woman, Rachel Dolezar, because she identifies as black. Both incidents…

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Mom, I did it: my book’s going to be published!

By Hida / June 19, 2015 /

  Some folks have written to ask why I haven’t had any posts on my blog Intersex and Out for so long, so I thought I’d share the good news with everyone: it’s because I was busy perfecting my memoir proposal so my agent could shop it and sell it to a major publisher! I…

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Live Interview on LA radio’s Ann Walker Show, with Ian Harvie!

By Hida / June 17, 2015 /

I’m very excited to be interviewed live today on the fabulous Ann Walker Show,  co-hosted by hysterical, talented trans comedian Ian Harvie, who has starred on the acclaimed television show Transparent, and was interviewed along with me and others in the fantastic new book The Human Agenda. The show runs from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Pacific Standard…

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Speaking in SF this Friday, June 5th, for Pride Month! :)

By Hida / June 3, 2015 /

I’m thrilled to join Joe Wenke, author of The Human Agenda: Conversations about Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity, and my fellow contributors Gisele Alicia (model, Barney’s Brothers & Sisters Campaign) and Captain Kevin Fisher-Paulson (author, SF Sheriff’s Dept.)  to share our stories, perspectives and commitment to freedom and equality. Please join for what promises to be a thought…

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Essay to be published by Oxford U Press this December!

By Hida / April 8, 2015 /

Can’t say how thrilled I am that my May, 2014 essay “What’s in a Name: Intersex and Identity” (originally published here for my blog, Intersex and Out), will be published by Oxford University Press this December in the college textbook, QUEER: A Reader for Writers, by Jason Schneiderman. My gratitude goes out to Schneiderman and…

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Interview in VICE about intersex victory in Malta

By Hida / April 8, 2015 /

Psyched that I asked the US gov’t to ban Intersex Genital Mutilation (IGM) here in the U.S. — as the Maltese government did there last week! 🙂 🙂 🙂 — and that I was able to discuss “interphobia”, in my interview in VICE: “I often say we’re on the front lines of homophobia and transphobia,…

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Two talks in Barcelona!

By Hida / March 28, 2015 /

I am deeply grateful to fantastic allies Professors Joan Pujol Tarrés, PhD, and Marisela Montenegro, PhD, of the Department of Social Psychology (Departament de Psicologia Social) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), and Miguel Misse & Pol Galofre of Barcelona’s Cultura Trans, for sponsoring two fantastic events to bring  me to Barcelona! I lectured…

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Keynote in Madrid — an honor & my 1st presentation in Spanish!

By Hida / March 24, 2015 /

I gave a Keynote presentation, my first talk in Spanish, on March 23rd at the 10th International Workshop in Science, Technology & Gender (X Workshop Internacional Ciencia, Tecnologia Y Genero: Visiones Y Versiones de las Tecnologias Biomedicas, ) in Madrid, Spain. I’d like to give my DEEP thanks to allies Nuria Gregori Flor, Eulalia Pérez…

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My video in GENDER TALENTS, by Carlos Motta

By Hida / March 15, 2015 /

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…

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My interview in fab GENDER TALENTS web project

By Hida / March 7, 2015 /

I was interviewed for <em>Gender Talents</em>, 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…

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My interview in The Human Agenda: Conversations about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

By Hida / February 5, 2015 /

    I am interviewed in the fantastic new book The Human Agenda: Conversations about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (February 5, 2015), by author and LGBTQI advocate Joe Wenke. I speak about the harmful “normalizing” non-consensual medical practices – a.k.a. Intersex Genital Mutiltion (IGM) – that intersex minors are often subjected to, the dangers of…

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Interview on LA’s KPFK Radio

By Hida / October 2, 2014 /

“One of my most personal, spiritual interviews yet, on the fantastic Mikhail Tank and Layla Ashley’s “Feel, Think and Grow Show”.  Enjoy. 🙂 ”

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Stop Freaking Out About Intersex Female Athletes

By Hida / September 18, 2014 /

Well, they changed my original title – “Bullying By Any Other Name: What’s Really Behind Regulations for Women with High Testosterone” – to, “Stop Freaking Out About Female Intersex Athletes”, but otherwise I’m thrilled to have this essay run in the Advocate! (Read here: http://www.advocate.com/commentary/2014/09/18/op-ed-stop-freaking-out-about-female-intersex-athletes).   It elaborates on the issue in all the ways…

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Post-Aljazeera, intersex athletes, & letting Dutee run!

By Hida / September 13, 2014 /

So I showed my Aljazeera interview to the lovely woman I’m dating this morning, and it left me with some thoughts to share. The interview was about the IOC & IAAF’s regulations for women athletes with naturally high testosterone levels, which ban them from competing as women unless they undergo medically unnecessary procedures to lower…

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Pre-Aljazeera Thoughts on Fashionable Bigotry

By Hida / September 3, 2014 /

I’m going to be on Aljazeera today — soon, in fact — talking about the sports policies against intersex woman with hyperandrogenism (high testosterone levels). Much more to come, but here’s the skinny: these women haven’t been doping and yet they’re being forced to take unnecessary hormones just to be able to compete — with no medical/scientific…

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On Aljazeera today, Sept 3rd, 12:30pm PST

By Hida / September 3, 2014 /

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  

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New Blog Essay on Cisgender

By Hida / August 18, 2014 /

http://intersexandout.tumblr.com/post/95130298770/caught-in-the-gender-binary-blind-spot-intersex “Finally, everything I’ve been saying about cisgender — and how it reinforces the gender binary — in one LONG (yes, warning, it’s dense) essay. 🙂 “

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Caught in the Gender Binary Blind Spot: Intersex Erasure in Cisgender Rhetoric

By Hida / August 18, 2014 /

Earlier this month, two intersex blog posts about the term “cisgender” reminded me that it’s high time we talk about how current cisgender rhetoric facilitates intersex erasure. But wait, how does it do that? you might be asking. I thought cisgender was the new rage in progressive gender terminology? Well, let me explain. For those…

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Presenting at GA14, the 13th Annual Genital Autonomy Symposium

By Hida / July 22, 2014 /

    I’m thrilled to present at this fantastic event, and honored to join with fellow pioneers in the fight for bodily intergrity and an end to infant genital cutting. I will be introducing the award winning inersex documentary Intersexion (http://www.intersexionfilm.com/) on July 23rd and 24th, with a Q&A to follow.  On the 24th I will…

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The Gender that Dare Not Speak its Name

By Hida / July 3, 2014 /

One of the icons of the queer community once said, “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.” I’m talking about the Western world’s first openly gay diva, the one and only, Oscar Wilde, whose wise words make me feel much better about missing last week’s blog post (as well as the “Wednesday” target this…

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The Importance of Allies

By Hida / June 19, 2014 /

So I went to a baseball game for the first time in about 35 years yesterday, because the person who invited me is so cool she inspired some formerly nonexistent interest, and I actually had a great time! (Such a great time that this blog is being posted on Thursday, rather than the typical Wednesday,…

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Interview on IMRU Radio, Los Angeles

By Hida / June 16, 2014 /

https://soundcloud.com/prideonscreen/imru-show-140616. Got to speak to fantastic intersex ally Vash Boddie of IMRU Radio for this one, mainly about the Third international Intersex Forum and the global intersex advocacy community’s goals, and I love how it came out. 🙂 The interview starts 34:20 minutes in FYI, and is short and sweet, in case you wanna give…

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Just another frivolous, glittery gender observation

By Hida / June 12, 2014 /

Given my newfound commitment to weekly Wednesday blogging , not every blog will be a well thought out exploration of topics deeply intergral to being intersex. Some weeks’ posts are bound to be just the random, shallow but hopefully funny musings of your typical intersex chick next door. I think this is one of them.…

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The Third Sex: Then, Now, Never

By Hida / June 5, 2014 /

I’ll never forget seeing the cover of a 1950’s lesbian novel called The Third Sex. It’d been made into a postcard, and was on sale at one of those touristy gay stores in Manhattan’s West Village. The cover was alarmist, calling homosexuality “society’s greatest curse”, and featuring a picture of two women about to make…

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Who do you think you are: intersex and appropriation

By Hida / May 29, 2014 /

I was recently interviewed by the awesome Vash Boddie of IMRU radio in L.A., the county’s longest running LGBTI radio station (airdate T.B.A.). At one point, he said, “everyone’s a little intersex”, and it got me thinking: who can call themselves intersex? It’s a relevant question because, believe it or not, there’s a fair amount…

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How Now Pro Noun?  

By Hida / May 21, 2014 /

Nowadays, the preferred-gender-pronoun question comes up quickly when I speak about being intersex. I see it as a positive indication that we’re moving beyond Intersex 101, and folks are starting to wonder what we’re actually like, as people. I tell them that, just like non-intersex people, we have a wide range of gender identities and…

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Advocating Equality

By Hida / May 14, 2014 /

Hi everyone! I thought I’d apologize for and share that the reason it’s taken me SO long to write something new is that my mom passed away this year. Being a sensitive, emotional type, and her death being unexpected, it knocked me for a loop. And then another. And another. Now however, I feel her…

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What’s In A Name: Intersex & Identity

By Hida / May 14, 2014 /

My latest blog post/essay —  What’s in a Name: Intersex and Identity — discusses the history of society deeming people who are different as innately inferior, how this is currently happening to intersex people, and how this language does not support equality. Hope you like it, & thanks to the Advocate for running it! http://www.advocate.com/commentary/2014/05/14/op-ed-whats-name-intersex-and-identity

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What’s in a Name: Intersex and Identity

By Hida / May 13, 2014 /

In 1987, I was outed to my parents by my older brother in a scene straight out of the hysterical queer comedy But I’m a Cheerleader: dad yells, “Why can’t you be more like your sister!” gay son replies, “Guess what? She’s a lesbian!” I hadn’t told my dad because I was afraid he’d stop…

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Interview on LA Talk Radio 5-7pm

By Hida / April 14, 2014 /

Today I’ll be talking with fabulous radio personality Sheena Metal — who recently came out as intersex herself — on her show the Sheena Metal Experience!!! Two intersex folks dishing it for two hours on the radio– it’s a first for me & it should be great. 🙂 To listen in, go to: http://tunein.com/radio/The-Sheena-Metal-Experience-p399804/

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Intersex: Beyond the Binary, at Vassar 3/26

By Hida / March 25, 2014 /

Very excited to about this — Vassar students & staff are cutting edge, so this should be a good one! Wednesday, March 26, 5:30-7pm, Rocky 200. Link to PDF of poster >>>  

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Quoted in Digital Journal article about my panel at the UN

By Hida / December 18, 2013 /

    So happy to see the groundbreaking panel Sports Comes Out Against Homophobia, that I’m honored to have participated in at the United Nations for Human Rights Day, getting some more coverage. This article, “Free & Equal Releases Video of Landmark Event Featuring United Nations Leaders, Sports Stars and LGBT and Intersex Activists” covers…

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Video of my presentation at the UN. O M G….!

By Hida / December 11, 2013 /

    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…

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Speaking at the UN for Human Rights Day!

By Hida / December 9, 2013 /

    I am deeply honored to be presenting at the United Nations in New York in recognition of Human Rights Day, Dec. 10th, along with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, tennis legend Martina Navratilova, basketball star Jason Collins (the 1st NBA player to come out as gay), and fabulous human…

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My segment on HuffPostLive

By Hida / November 23, 2013 /

    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.…

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Germany’s Third-Gender Law Fails on Equality, in The Advocate

By Hida / November 6, 2013 /

  Yes, there’s more to say about Germany’s new third gender law, especially to readers that understand the LGBTI perspective and the issues that affect us.  Also, I got to correct inaccurate press statements about Australia’s third gender law applying to intersex babies, which it doesn’t, just adults who want it. Read “Germany’s Third Gender…

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Germany’s Third Gender Law: Not What Intersex People Most Need

By Hida / November 5, 2013 /

    Please read my essay Germany’s Third Gender Law: Not What Intersex People Most Need to find out the truth about Germany’s new third gender law.  I interviewed several German activists for this piece, and am very happy for the opportunity to get correct information about the law, and why intersex Germans are unhappy…

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Interview on BBC World Services’ World Have Your Say

By Hida / November 3, 2013 /

    Germany’s new third gender law isn’t the law that intersex people most want & need, & isn’t as good for intersex people as most think/have been saying.  I got to explain why on the BBC World Service’s one hour program World Have Your Say.  

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Keynote speaker at Bay Area Birth Justice Fair

By Hida / November 2, 2013 /

    http://bayareabirthjusticefair.wordpress.com/2013/11/02/fall-2013-forum-key-note-speaker-hida-viloria/ Very happy to be presenting at this event for parents which deals specifically with the issue of children’s right to physical integrity.  And I have a whole stack of brochures of the educational resource for parents of intersex newborns that I authored — Your Beautiful Child: Information for Parents — to bring…

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Why Intersex Germans Aren’t Crazy About Germany’s Third Gender Law

By Hida / November 1, 2013 /

Germany’s new third gender law becomes effective today, and has been hailed as a groundbreaking advancement for intersex people, but every intersex advocacy organization in Germany is opposed to it. Why? The answer is simple: the new law places intersex babies at risk for increased discrimination. According to the law: PStG § 22 Abs. 3:…

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I’ll be on BBC World Services tonight

By Hida / October 31, 2013 /

    I’m going to be interviewed on BBC World Services tonight about being intersex in light of Germany’s new third gender law, which becomes effective tomorrow, November 1st. The show, Newsday, starts at 8:30pm PST (calif time), and I should be on approx 9:20pm. Spoiler alert: the law is NOT a good thing for…

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Happy Intersex Awareness Day everyone!!!!

By Hida / October 26, 2013 /

Please help spread awareness by sharing the info in this link with at least one person in your life. 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=644596792238810&set=a.355696581128834.86699.189133101118517&type=1&theater

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Intersex Awareness Day event today at N.Y.U.!

By Hida / October 24, 2013 /

    I’ll be presenting, “Intersexphobia: What It Is and What We Can Do To End It,” today at NYU, with my colleague Claudia Astorino. Please join  us to learn how to support equality for intersex people! 🙂

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Intersex Awareness Day Presentation at UC Davis!

By Hida / October 20, 2013 /

    So happy to be invited to the University of California at Davis (UC Davis) once again to educate about intersex people and our need for human rights! October 23rd, 5-7pm An KBTQIARC event.

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Why We Must Protect Intersex Babies, in The Advocate

By Hida / September 28, 2013 /

    I spoke so much in the 90’s and the first decade of the 21st century about the serious harms caused by medically unnecessary cosmetic genital surgeries on intersex babies — which I and other intersex people call “intersex genital mutilation”, or IGM — that my essays in the past few years have focused…

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Cosmetic Genital Surgery/Sex Re-assignment of Intersex Babies is wrong: Case Closed

By Hida / September 20, 2013 /

(FINALLY, a new blog post! 🙂 ) A few weeks ago, I testified as an expert witness on the television show Caso Cerrado (translation: Case Closed). It’s kind of like People’s Court but in Spanish, and is the first television show on a Spanish language station to have been nominated for an Emmy. I was…

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3 Reasons This Intersex Lesbian Loved GOLDEN BOY

By Hida / August 6, 2013 /

    The novel Golden Boy, by Abigail Tartellin, features what is, by far, my favorite fictional portrayal of an intersex character. Read my review in Autostraddle to find out why. http://www.autostraddle.com/three-reasons-this-intersex-lesbian-184477/

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To Those Who Don’t Get The Upset Over the Zimmerman Verdict

By Hida / July 19, 2013 /

Like everyone who’s logged onto Facebook this week and has a diverse group of friends, I’ve read mixed reactions to the Zimmerman verdict, and seen the subsequent arguments. After several days of witnessing this aftermath, I want to reach out to those who’ve been unfriended, or something similar, because you said you didn’t see why…

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On The Ann Walker Show — the Day of DOMA’s Defeat!

By Hida / June 26, 2013 /

    Hi all! So excited to be speaking today — on the historic demise of DOMA (the Defense of marriage Act)– with radio personality and award-winning TV, film and stage actress Ann Walker on The Ann Walker Show on United Broadcast Radio.  Tune in from 6-7:30pm (I’ll be coming on around 6:20) at ubnradio.com, Channel…

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3 Reasons This Intersex Lesbian Loved GOLDEN BOY

By Hida / June 17, 2013 /

I’ve been meaning to write a review of Abigail Tarttelin’s novel Golden Boy, about an intersex teen, since it was released late last month, but a few things got in the way: 1.  I find writing reviews kind of weird. 2.  It’s even weirder when my review is meant to provide an insider opinion —…

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Intersex: The Final Coming Out Frontier

By Hida / June 12, 2013 /

  I’m thrilled to have one of my blog essays, “Intersex: The Final Coming Out Frontier“,  published in The Advocate, the US’s oldest, largest LGBT (hopefully soon to be LGBTI) publication. Yay for inclusion! (Even if they did use the dorkiest picture of me ever, lol!)   

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Hermaphrodykes on Bikes

By Hida / June 9, 2013 /

The LGBTQI Pride Parade was today in Los Angeles, and instead of riding with the Dykes on Bikes, or watching with friends and then going to Booby Trap, the queer women’s pool party, I found myself blissfully biking down to the beach, then along the beach… then texting cancellations. Basically, I’m more into chill activities…

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We’re Here, We’re Herms, Get Used to It!

By Hida / May 31, 2013 /

[Note: In honor of LGBTQI Pride month, this post’s title is a riff on the old Queer Nation slogan, “We’re Here! We’re Queer! Get used to it!” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queer_Nation.]   There’s a line in Golden Boy, the excellent, recently released novel featuring a 16 year-old intersex protagonist, where he says that you have to choose one or the other,…

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Golden Boy, by Abigail Tarttelin: Read it!

By Hida / May 23, 2013 /

Just read the novel Golden Boy, by Abigail Tarttelin, about a 16 year-old intersex boy. The full review’s coming up separately, but I want to quickly say that I found it hard to put down, and that it didn’t– unlike lots of stuff written by non-intersex people about intersex people – offend me or, imho,…

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My live BBC Radio interview about the groundbreaking US intersex lawsuit

By Hida / May 17, 2013 /

“Hida Viloria, cheerleading for choice” — definitely the silliest way my activism has ever been described, lol, but essentially true & otherwise the interview was great.  It was regarding the groundbreaking lawsuit by the Crawford family for their intersex son, who was castrated at the age of 16 months, before they adopted him.  The lawsuit…

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Your Beautiful Child: Information for Parents

By Hida / May 16, 2013 /

I am touched and excited to announce my new free resource for parents of intersex newborns: Your Beautiful Child: Information for Parents. It is available in two versions: — Your Beautiful Child Tri-fold Brochure — Your Beautiful Child One-Sheet Version This project was a labor of love, inspired by the many mothers who have asked…

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My org OII selected as a finalist for Global Prize for Social Justice!

By Hida / May 9, 2013 /

I’m flying off to Michigan tomorrow to present Organisation Intersex International’s work in person on Saturday, May 11th, and whether or not we win, it’s an honor to our work acknowledged by the jurors, including the likes of the incredible Angela Davis. 🙂 http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2013/04/kalamazoo_college_announces_15.html

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Jesus Was My Intersex Role Model

By Hida / May 8, 2013 /

Recently, I’ve been thinking about what motivated me to be an intersex spokesperson and activist. For starters, there’s inspirational role models like the incredibly brilliant, badass Angela Davis. She took the racist establishment on head first, eloquently and bravely, jeopardizing her career as a university professor and spending 18 months in prison as a result. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh49nbTq268…

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Intersex: the Final Coming Out Frontier

By Hida / May 1, 2013 /

  Last week, before my okcupid-induced outing, I realized I was going to have to come out again, but not in the usual way. I’d found my date in a “girls who like girls” online search, so I obviously didn’t need to come to her as queer. But if I wanted to be able to…

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My legal ID change process is mentioned in this great blog

By Hida / April 23, 2013 /

Attorney & intersex ally Toby Adams’s excellent blog about how intersex people are left out of the law.  http://tobyshome.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/intersex-rights-id-please/

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Out as Intersex & Genderqueer in GENDERNAUTS

By Hida / April 23, 2013 /

  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…

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Birth of a Well-Hung Woman

By Hida / April 18, 2013 /

Today, I want to talk about my favorite new idiom: well-hung woman.  As most English speakers know, “well-hung” is slang for a man with a large penis, so you might be wondering how a woman could be well-hung? Well, if you know something about intersex people, you may have already figured it out; but in…

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Quoted in great essay about how children are more accepting than people realize :)

By Hida / April 16, 2013 /

    Author Gayle Pittman’s blog “Girls, boys, and the rest of us” examines intersex, diversity, and acceptance.  🙂 Boys, girls, and the rest of us

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Calling a Spade a Spade: Intersex is Just Intersex

By Hida / April 8, 2013 /

A few days ago, I received an excerpt from an article-in-progress by a law professor that stated that intersex is increasingly included as a subcategory of transgender.  I’m grateful that she contacted me for feedback, and confident that she’ll edit this out, but I’m shocked at how much people continue to obfuscate intersex.  Why oh…

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My Appearance on Montel Williams

By Hida / April 6, 2013 /

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. 🙂

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My interview on Oprah

By Hida / April 6, 2013 /

    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…

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Zero Tolerance to FGM — Unless They’re Intersex (aka US Ban on Female Genital Mutilation Mired in Racism and Fear)

By Hida / February 7, 2013 /

  Note: This article is based on my blog post Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation — Unless They’re Intersex I’m happy to report that it was re-published in The Global Herald, but note that they changed the title, unfortunately, to: “US Ban on Female Genital Mutilation Mired in Racism and Fear.” /http://theglobalherald.com/u-s-ban-on-female-genital-mutilation-mired-in-racism-and-fear/29098/

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Great video clips of me & wise trans girl Jazz. Psyched to share this link with her :)

By Hida / February 5, 2013 /

  Psyched to find this old post of video interviews of Jazz, a wise 7 yo trans girl, and I. I love that she says, “It doesn’t matter if you’re different from anybody else, it just matters if you’re having a good time & you like who you are.”  So true!   And notice they…

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My Intersex & Non-Binary Pride Video!

By Hida / December 16, 2012 /

Awesome 3 1/2 minute video compilation of some of my best television & film interviews regarding intersex and non-binary visibility, human rights, & pride.  Please feel free to share 🙂  http://vimeo.com/73314775

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Discriminatory Views Create Discriminatory Medical Treatment

By Hida / December 16, 2012 /

Discriminatory Views Create Discriminatory Medical Treatment Author: Hida Viloria, Chairperson, Organisation Intersex International (OII), Director OII USA http://oiiinternational.com/oiiusa/intersex-information/intersex-people-and-medical-treatment/ Note: A small percentage of intersex variations sometimes require medical attention for immediate health reasons.  This treatment is necessary, and is not what I am referring to below. People who promote nonconsensual genital surgeries and/or hormone therapy for…

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My Letter to the United Nations regarding human rights for intersex people!

By Hida / December 10, 2012 /

  SOOO honored and thrilled to have contacted the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN OHCHR) about including intersex people in their human rights efforts. With ILGA, ILGA-Europe, and all participants of the 2nd International Intesex Forum (in Stockholm) signing in support, it’s the first global call by and for…

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Hida for The Global Herald on the abuse of intersex Indian athlete Pinki Pramanik

By Hida / December 10, 2012 /

Criminalized Because of One’s Sex? – Hida Viloria By Hida Viloria; published on December 10, 2012 at 9:34 pm On June 14th, Indian gold medal winner Pinki Pramanik was arrested following accusations of rape and “being male” by her live-in partner.  She was suspended from her job, detained in a male ward, and an MMS of…

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By Hida / November 6, 2012 /

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My latest Unamiguously Intersex blog post: Colbert Just Got Cooler. Also on Tumblr (http://hidaviloria.tumblr.com)

By Hida / November 5, 2012 /

Last week, Steven Colbert made fun of Republicans who complained that hurricane Sandy was  “good luck” for Obama, imitating their annoyance with, “’…Sandy?  What kind of a name is that? Are you a dude storm or a lady storm?’”  Yes folks, Steven Colbert is hip to intersex humor (intersex people, fyi, are born with sex…

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“Brief Guidelines for Intersex Allies,” by Claudia Astorino & Hida Viloria

By Hida / October 27, 2012 /

  Brief Guidelines for Intersex Allies, co-written with OII USA’s Assoc. Director Claudia Astorino, was published yesterday in honor of Intersex Awareness Day, and is available on the OII-USA website free of charge.  If want to spread awareness about intersex but don’t feel like you have all the info, this is the document for you!…

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