Born Both: An Intersex Life

Hardcover | March 14, 2017

byHida Viloria

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From Hida Viloria, writer and intersex activist, a candid, provocative, and eye-opening memoir of life, love, andgenderidentity as an intact intersex person, as well as a call to action for justice for intersex people.

Hida Viloria was raised as a girl but discovered early on that he/r body was different. Unlike most people who are born intersex in the first world--meaning they have genitals, reproductive organs, hormones, and/or chromosomal patterns that do not fit standard definitions of male or female--Hida had the freedom to explore the person s/he was born to be because he/r parents did not agree to have he/r sex characteristics surgically altered at birth.

It wasn't until s/he was 26 and encountered the term "intersex" in a San Francisco newspaper that s/he finally had a name for he/r difference. That's when s/he began to explore what it means to live in the space between genders--to be both and neither. As s/he began to reach out to others like he/r, however, Hida discovered that most intersex people had been scarred, both physically and psychologically, by infant surgeries and hormone treatments meant to "correct" their bodies. Eager to help end this practice, Hida came out as intersex at a national and then international level.

By answering the question "Are you a boy or a girl?" with "I'm both," Hida's helped blaze a trail for people--particularly intersex and genderqueer/non-binary people--to celebrate the middle space where male and female are not separate and opposite but entwined.Born Bothis an intimate and powerful account of Hida's search for authentic identity and love in a world that insists on categorizing people into either/or.

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From Hida Viloria, writer and intersex activist, a candid, provocative, and eye-opening memoir of life, love, andgenderidentity as an intact intersex person, as well as a call to action for justice for intersex people.Hida Viloria was raised as a girl but discovered early on that he/r body was different. Unlike most people who are born...

Hida Viloriais a writer and intersex activist, Chairperson of the Organization Intersex International (OII), and Director of its American affiliate OII-USA, also known as The Intersex Campaign for Equality. Hida's mission is to obtain equality for intersex and non-binary people as part of a broader vision for a world that accepts and v...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:March 14, 2017Publisher:Hachette BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316347841

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