Hida Viloria

Latinx Intersex writer, author and activist

Hida Viloria is a Latinx writer, activist and author of Born Both: An Intersex Life (Hachette Books), who uses s/he and he/r pronouns (pronounced she/her). S/he has advocated for intersex and non-binary rights as one of the first openly intersex people in the world and an openly queer lecturer, consultant (United Nations, Human Rights Watch, Williams Institute…) and frequent television and radio guest (Oprah, 20/20, BBC…). Viloria is Chairperson of the Organisation Intersex International (OII), and founding director of OII-USA, The Intersex Campaign for Equality. In 2013 he/r pioneering human rights work was acknowledged when s/he became the first intersex person to speak at the United Nations, by invitation, for Human Rights Day. Hida has been widely published (The New York Times, The Advocate, Ms.,, American Journal of Bioethics...) and her memoir Born Both: An intersex Life, is the first by an intersex person to be published by a Big Five publishing house. S/he has a degree in Gender and Sexuality with high honors and high distinction from the University of California at Berkeley, and lives in Santa Fe with her partner and stepson. Follow Viloria on the web at