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Welcome!

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.

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

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

Gender-fluid
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)

I’m 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 U.S. Department of State to add an additional “(X), Unspecified” sex marker category for U.S. passports, passport cards, or Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, allowing applicants whose genders are neither…

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My latest, “The Forgotten Vowel,” in INTO

By Hida | November 9, 2017

Really love this one, my latest essay, “The Forgotten Vowel,” about how acknowledging and including intersex people and LGBTQIA+ coalition benefits us all.:) Enjoy, and…

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Born Both Mentioned in Fantastic Article for Intersex Allies!

By Hida | October 24, 2017

Excellent article on how to be an ally to intersex people— please share widely folks! Big thanks to NewNowNext for running it and to author…

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Intersex Awareness Day is this Thursday!

By Hida | October 23, 2017

Hi everyone! So many of you have reached out to say supportive things about my activism that I thought I’d let you know that this…

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Quoted in Exc. Washington Post Intersex Rights Movement Article

By Hida | October 5, 2017

It’s wonderful to see intersex people and our movement covered so respectfully in the article, “The Intersex Rights Movement Is Ready for its Moment,” in…

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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! 🙂https://t.co/NNGo5JaZDp #queer #nonbinary #intersex #bookreading #memoir #BornBoth pic.twitter.com/ecYSuGZY6u — Hida Viloria (@HidaViloria) September 29, 2017…

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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).…

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Born Both Selected as one of 10 Adult Books for Teens!

By Hida | September 14, 2017

    I am thrilled and honored to have my memoir Born Both: An Intersex Life selected by School Library Journal as one of 10…

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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…

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It’s Read A Book Day! (wink, wink)

By Hida | September 6, 2017

  5 seconds agoSo it's #ReadABookDay, which means it's time to make my 1st & probably last shameless plug: Read My Book! 🤪 #BornBoth #memoir…

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Quoted in STAT News article about intersex women athletes

By Hida | August 8, 2017

  “I think that the only way it would be fair to regulate athletes [like] Caster and Dutee would be if we also had testosterone…

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Interviewed on NPR’s AirTalk Radio About Banning Medically Unnecessary Surgeries on Intersex Minors

By Hida | July 27, 2017

    Big thanks to NPR LA’s AirTalk w/ @LarryMantle–the award-winning public affairs show airing weekdays 10a-12p on 89.3 KPCC–for having me on to discuss…

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NPR Reviews Born Both!

By Hida | June 30, 2017

“These books by Gay, Riggs, and Viloria tell stories that should be heard, that lift up and give meaning to scientific facts of variable bodies,…

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Awesome Radio interview on Girl Boner!

By Hida | June 30, 2017

  Happy Friday everyone! Haven’t been feeling the blog, but here’s this interview on the awesome Girl Boner.(Okay, HOW perfect is this show’s title for…

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I Have An Intersex Birth Certificate!

By Hida | June 21, 2017

  I’m thrilled to announce that I have a new birth certificate which lists my sex as “intersex”! For those unfamiliar, intersex refers to people…

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Praise for Born Both: An Intersex Life

By Hida | June 1, 2017

  I am SOOO happy and thrilled to announce that my memoir Born Both: An Intersex Life (Hachette Books, 3/14/17) has had a great reception…

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Holding the hard copy in the Sunday Times was even better!

By Hida | May 28, 2017

      REVIEW. Baum, Meghan, “The intersex body, the dead body, the body in grief: three accounts of the human form.” May 28, 2017,…

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Born Both Reviewed by the New York Times!

By Hida | May 25, 2017

    I’m overjoyed and deeply grateful to see the labor and love of my life, Born Both: An Intersex Life, reviewed by the New…

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“Intersex and Happy” Interview in Psychology Today

By Hida | May 24, 2017

    “I define gender as… a unique, non-audible song that all humans sing. We can try to imitate the most accepted, popular songs but…

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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…

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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…

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