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Born Both: An Intersex Life

by Hida Viloria Author

Hida Viloria was raised as a girl but discovered early on that their body was different. When they were twenty-six they encountered the word intersex and began their exploration of what it meant to live in the space between genders.


In their search for other intersex people like them, Hida was shocked and horrified to discover that most of the people they met had been scarred both physically and psychologically by infant surgeries and hormone treatments thrust upon them by their families and doctors in the hope of "correcting" their bodies. Having been allowed to grow into their body unaltered, Hida began to recognize the erasure of these practices and made it their mission to stop them.


Born Both is the story of Hida's lifelong journey toward finding love and embracing their authentic identity. As one of the first people to voluntarily come out as intersex at a national and internal level, this memoir gives ground breaking insight to the realities of intersex experience and the long fight for human rights and equality for gender variant people everywhere.


Check out Understanding Your Gender, You and Your Gender Identity, Why Gender Matters, and The Riddle of Gender to expand your view of gender.