Intersex Memoir Born Both Praised in The New York Times, Washington Post & More!

“[A] poignant and powerful story.” – The Washington Post

“Groundbreaking…This brave and empowering book deserves a wide audience.” – Library Journal

We are overjoyed to report that the recently released memoir, Born Both: An Intersex Life (Hachette Books, 2017), by our very own founding E.D. Hida Viloria, has been receiving phenomenal praise–including a glowing review in last Sunday’s New York Times Book Review!

“Viloria does us the even greater service (it’s more of a gift, really) of showing us what it means to live not just as both a man and a woman but also as a third gender that eventually emerges as the right one.” — The New York Times

(Full review available online here.)
The memoir, which is the first book by an openly intersex author to be published by a “Big 5” publishing house, received advanced praise from intersex sociology professor, author (Contesting Intersex: A Dubious Diagnosis), and InterACT Board of Directors President Georgiann Davis, who had this to say about the book:

“Words come alive in Born Both, which Hida Viloria has written with intellectual sophistication as well as passion for intersex activism. This book will not only captivate those interested in intersex activism and gender revolution but also those who enjoy skillful storytelling.”

Born Both has been selected for several book lists including People magazine’s “The Best New Books” list of six books (4/3/17 newsstand issue). We couldn’t be prouder, or happier with the level of attention Born Both has garnered for intersex issues.

After bringing visibilty and a message of intersex pride and equality to millions through appearances on Oprah, 20/20 and more, Viloria founded OII-USA and dedicated he/rself to bringing intersex awareness to mainstream audiences via he/r writing. We’re grateful for all he/r hard work giving voice to intersex issues, and for the recognition and mainstream press that Born Both has received. In addition to feature reviews in The New York Times, Kirkus, The Washington Post, and more, Hida has been interviewed in Rolling Stone, Psychology Today, and NPR, among others, about he/r groundbreaking memoir.

Born Both shares our E.D’s fascinating personal journey as a gender-fluid, queer, Latinx intersex feminist, and also highlights the intersex community’s efforts for bodily autonomy and self-determination, inspiring calls for intersex acceptance.
“Intelligent and courageous, [Born Both] chronicles one intersex person’s path to wholeness, but it also affirms the right of all intersex and nonbinary people to receive dignity and respect.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Intersex babies often have their dual gender surgically ‘corrected,’ but trailblazing activist Viloria didn’t. Her book is fierce, brave, and a clarion call to celebrate our differences.” – People
Born Both’s mainstream success also demonstrates to stakeholders that intersex stories are worth telling, paving the way for more.