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.

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

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

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)

BORN BOTH one of Harper’s ten memoirs to be inspired by!

By Hida | January 27, 2022 |

Wha an AWESOME surprise to find my memoir BORN BOTH: AN INTERSEX LIFE, on Harper’s Bazaar UK’s list of “10 memoirs and autobiographies to be inspired by“–alongside Maya Angelou, Michelle Obama, Gkoria Steinem, and others! Huge thanks to Harper’s for reading and including a queer, Latine, intersex, non-binary voice on this list–what an honor! https://www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/culture/entertainment/g37950787/memoirs-autobiographies/

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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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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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