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When Hida was born, she says, doctors wanted to perform a surgery to make her large clitoris smaller. But she says her father, a doctor from Colombia, refused. "He was more informed than a lot of parents are and decided, why cut me open if I'm healthy and everything's functioning normally," she says. "Everybody knows you shouldn't operate if you can help it, especially on a baby."

Hida says part of the reason she is comfortable with her intersex body is that she never felt pressure to choose a gender. "Society pressures you to choose sides just like they pressure mixed race people to decide. Tiger Woods talks about it. 'Are you really black or are you really white?'" she says. "I have both, and I'm not going to lie about it or deny it or hide it."

"I am so happy that I'm intersex and that I wasn't operated on or given hormone therapy," Hida says. "I would never change a thing."
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FROM: Growing Up Intersex
Published on September 21, 2007

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