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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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 /

    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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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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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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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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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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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, boy…

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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 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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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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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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OII USA

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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Welcome to my blog: Intersex and Out

By Hida / October 26, 2012 /

A friend of mine recently relayed that she told some friends about my intersex activism, and me, and they said, “She’s just doing that for attention, that doesn’t exist.”  Yes, intersex is to today’s two-sex system what the idea of the world being round was to the dominant earth-is-flat view: something most people couldn’t imagine–…

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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! http://ilga.org/ilga/en/index.html

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Quoted in the LA Times about the Olympics’ unsound policies for intersex women:

By Hida / August 1, 2012 /

  Is sex testing in the Olympics a fool’s errand? I’m quoted in the Los Angeles Times in an article by Jon Bardin about the Olympics’ unsound policies for intersex women. “According to Hida Viloria, director of the Organisation Intersex International, such therapies amount to ‘an athlete doing an experiment on themselves,’ and she likens…

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Quoted in Guardian UK

By Hida / July 2, 2012 /

  I’m quoted today from my recent letter in The NY Times in this KICK-ASS article by Katrina Karkazis (author of Fixing Sex) and Rebecca Jordan-Young, about the Olympics discriminatory policy toward intersex women. yay! 🙂 “In a letter to The New York Times, Viloria pointed out that meeting participants discussed other physical and medical…

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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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