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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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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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