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 1, 2019 ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in the case of black South African track star Caster Semenya. I discuss twelve different reasons why the ruling–which…

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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 there who have criticized New York City’s recent birth certificate legislation.  I’m so proud to be a part of the third gender revolution and to write about it in the paper…

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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 exactly how long it’s been since I came out! 🙂 — but so many are still not safe enough to do so. Please help make the world safer for them…

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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 to attain the right to genital autonomy. I’m honored tobe presenting the keynote address at their 2018 Symposium this year in San Francisco! “What if We Were Free and Whole?…

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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 down y’all! (tee, hee) 🙂 April 27th, 2018. 12-30–2:30pm, followed by book signing. Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion Texas State University San Marcos, TX 78666 books will be available.)…

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Gender-Fluidly Yours, at NYC’s LGBTQ Center!

By Hida / October 4, 2017 /

  SO excited about this event w the fab @thejeffreymarsh! 🙂 #queer #nonbinary #intersex #bookreading #memoir #BornBoth — Hida Viloria (@HidaViloria) September 29, 2017 NYC’s LGBTQ Center in Manhattan, known simply as “The Center” in my days there, played an important role in my life, which I discuss in my memoir Born Both: An…

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Presenting at Columbia Univ.’s Center for Gender & Sexuality Law!

By Hida / October 4, 2017 /

  Monday, October 9 at 12:10–1:15 PM EDT Columbia Law School 435 W 116th St, New York, New York 10027 (see link above for map). I’ll be presenting, “Cultural Delusion & Social Repression: Why Intersex Inclusion Matters,” at Columbia University Law School’s esteemed Center for Gender & Sexuality Law! As a fan of the work…

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Presenting Keynote at Lambda Archives 30th Annual Gala!

By Hida / September 13, 2017 /

  I’m deeply honored to be participating in this way and look forward to seeing or meeting some of you there! 🙂   Saturday, September 16th, 2017. 6PM-8PM. Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club and Bungalows 2223 El Cajon Blvd San Diego, California  

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April 24th at the Santa Monica Public Library

By Hida / April 19, 2017 /

In the City of Intersex Angels chapter of my memoir Born Both: An Intersex Life — named after the blissful year I spent living in Venice Beach — I actually mention a job I had in Santa Monica, and I love the I’m having a reading there! Santa Monica Public Library Monday, April 24th, 6pm.…

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LA Times Festival of Books Sat April 22nd!

By Hida / April 17, 2017 /

  Very excited and honored to participate in the panel Self Discovery: The First Frontier, at the LA Times Festival of Books this Saturday! See full schedule here.

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Arts & Ideas Series Video of Exploring Intersex at the SF JCC

By Hida / April 12, 2017 /

  I’m truly grateful to everyone at the Arts & Ideas Series and the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco for hosting last night’s event “Between Genders: Exploring Intersex with Hida Viloria”. The event was a conversation between myself and fantastic filmmaker Sam McConnell (The Out List, The Trans List), and I thank all the…

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Beautiful Deaf Accessible Reading, Collected Works, Santa Fe

By Hida / March 26, 2017 /

Couldn’t have asked for a lovelier, move moving first reading last night, with my beautiful partner providing ASL interpretation right beside me; very special. Big thanks to proprietor Dorothy Massey, and events manager, Cecile Lipworth, for a fantastic event!

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April 7th, Arts & Ideas Series, San Francisco

By Hida / March 16, 2017 /

      In conversation with filmmaker Sam McConnell, producer of HBO’s The Out List and The Trans List, at the Jewish Community Center’s “Arts & Ideas” Series, for the event “Between Genders: Exploring Intersex with Hida Viloria.” Please pre-order your tickets if possible here. Friday, April 7th, 7pm, SF JCC. 3200 California Street, San…

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March 31st, Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle

By Hida / March 15, 2017 /

Excited to be presenting a reading of my memoir Born Both: An Intersex Life at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, Washington. Friday, March 31, 2017 – 7:00pm Location: 1521 Tenth Avenue Seattle, WA 98122

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March 25th, Collected Works Bookstore, Santa Fe

By Hida / March 13, 2017 /

Saturday, March 25th, 6pm. 202 Galisteo St., Santa Fe, NM 87501 Exited to have the first reading of my memoir Born Both: An Intersex Life, in my new hometown of Santa Fe, at the esteemed Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse.

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Advance book copies are in! <3 :) <3

By Hida / February 10, 2017 /

#BornBoth #intersex #nonbinary #Latinx #HappyHerm #memoir #intersexwriters #LGBTI

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Audio Book Recording of Born Both Begins!

By Hida / January 12, 2017 /

Starting tomorrow I’ll be in a studio for 5 days recording the audio version of my memoir—AH!!!!!! Can I really read that much out loud? It’s gonna be weird! But also cool. But weird…. Wish me luck! 🙂  #BornBoth #readingaloudgonewild #intersex  #intersexstories #memoir P.S. Haven’t started yet; this pic’s from a 2014 interview at KPFA Radio, in Berkeley.    

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Presenting @ World Sexual Health Day 2016 at Stanford!

By Hida / September 27, 2016 /

Excited to be back in the Bay to present at World Sexual Health Day 2016, “Elminating the Myths”, co-hosted Weiland Health Initiative at Stanford University! Thursday, September 29th, 2016 5:30 – 10:00 pm Paul Brest Hall Conference Center Stanford University I will be speaking about intersex people and sexuality with a panel of esteemed experts including: Inge Hansen, Karli…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ( on July 23rd and 24th, with a Q&A to follow.  On the 24th I will…

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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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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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Keynote speaker at Bay Area Birth Justice Fair

By Hida / November 2, 2013 / 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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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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Hida speaking in NYC for Intersex Awareness Day, October 26th

By Hida / October 8, 2012 /

  I’ll be speaking at two events in New York City in October for Intersex Awareness Day, which is observed on October 26th to commemorate the first known U.S. intersex protest, at a medical center in Boston.   Intersex Awareness Day Workshop Friday, October 26 New York University NYU Global Center for Academic and Spiritual…

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Hida speaking at University of Connecticut

By Hida / October 8, 2012 /

  Lecture on Intersexuality Friday, October 12, 2012 12pm – 1:30pm Storrs Campus Rainbow Center @ UConn, Student Union 403 Admission Fee: Free and open to all The Rainbow Center is pleased to host Hida Viloria, an expert educator on the topic of intersex, which is rarely talked about in society, let alone campus communities.…

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I’ve received a scholarship to attend the 2nd Intersex Forum in Sweden!

By Hida / October 1, 2012 /

I’ve received a scholarship from ILGA — the world’s largest LGBTI organization, which is “Intersex”/”I” inclusive — to attend both their Intersex Forum & their Annual World Conference in Stockholm, Sweden this December. Yay for raising more Intersex awareness and connecting with LGBTI allies!

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Keynote presentation at UC Davis Intersex Awareness Week

By Hida / March 3, 2011 /

  Intersex Awareness Week is held annually in late February as a time of education and awareness around intersex issues and experiences. It is organized under the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center. Events vary greatly, from speakers, to activist projects, Intersex 101 and academic discussions of community intersections (to name just a few). WEDNESDAY…

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