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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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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…

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Rave Review of Born Both in The Washington Post!

By Hida | March 26, 2017

    Enormous thanks to Juliet Jacques for this in-depth, beautiful, rave review of my memoir Born Both: An Intersex Life, in the Washington Post:”Overcoming…

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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…

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Born Both Selected as one of People’s Best New Books!

By Hida | March 24, 2017

    “Intersex people often have their dual gender surgically ‘corrected,’ but trailblazing activist Viloria didn’t. Her memoir is fierce, brave, and a clarion call…

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My Interview on SoCal NPR’s Air Talk

By Hida | March 21, 2017

    Big thanks to Air Talk host Larry Mantle, and everyone at 89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio (SCPR)– a member-supported public media network…

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Interview in Rolling Stone!

By Hida | March 20, 2017

  As a kid, I loved and devoured Rolling Stone interviews, and so I can’t say how thrilled I am to find myself interviewed in…

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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…

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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,…

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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,…

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Last chance to pre-order Born Both!

By Hida | March 13, 2017

I’ve never had a baby, but this project gestated longer than one, and I’m about to give birth! Please support intersex voices and people in…

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Born Both listed as one of the Culture Essentials for March!

By Hida | March 7, 2017

I’m a native New Yorker, and my memoir begins in Brooklyn, so I couldn’t be more pleased and honored to be listed as one of…

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Born Both Makes Bustle’s 20 Best Nonfiction Books of March List!

By Hida | March 1, 2017

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that my memoir Born Both: An Intersex Life (Hachette Books, March 14), has been listed by Bustle as one…

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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?…

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Quoted in People Magazine!

By Hida | January 4, 2017

I was SO happy to hear the news last week about NYC’s intersex birth certificate—from the fantastic Sara Kelly Keenan, the person who’s been issued…

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Fantastic Born Both Review by Kirkus!

By Hida | January 4, 2017

“Intelligent and courageous, the author’s book chronicles one intersex person’s path to wholeness, but it also affirms the right of all intersex and nonbinary people…

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Happy Herm New Year’s to All!

By Hida | December 31, 2016

Feeling so grateful for the support I’ve gotten with my memoir Born Both this past year! From all the folk at my publisher Hachette Book Groups,…

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Quoted in National Geographic

By Hida | December 31, 2016

Lots of times people don’t remedy situations when unfortunate mistakes are made, but National Geographic magazine did,  and I’m so happy about it!  In this…

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Together We Fixed It: Nat’l Geographic Corrected Intersex Definition!

By Hida | December 19, 2016

I was touched to see and hear that so many people contacted National Geographic on behalf of the intersex community in response to the sad…

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Pls Tell Nat’l Geo. To Stop Calling Intersex a Disorder

By Hida | December 17, 2016

FOR ALL INTERSEX PEEPS, OUR FAMILIES & ALLIES: I recently learned that National Geographic Magazine (@natgeo) plans to use hurtful, pathologizing language to describe intersex…

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