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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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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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