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Thank you for visiting the Interconnected (ICON) UK website.

ICON UK aims to provide:

  • Peer support and a safe space for people with I/VSC (intersex traits/variations of sex characteristics)  and their loved ones to connect, share their experiences and learn from each other.
  • Awareness raising and increased understanding of experiences and issues affecting people with I/VSC. 
  • Sector-specific consultancy on policy, inclusion and representation.

We extend to you all our warmest welcome.

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What is I/VSC?

I/VSC stands for Intersex/Variations of Sex Characteristics.  These terms refer to natural  bodily variations. Some variations are barely noticeable, others are more pronounced. The variations may be apparent at birth or much later and can relate to chromosomal, hormonal, reproductive and sex characteristics that do not fit neatly with societal definitions of typical female or male bodies.

As in any group with diverse experiences many of us make different choices about vocabulary, often depending on the context where used.

We refer to the diverse physical traits as intersex/Variations of Sex Characteristics  (I/VSC) but embrace all terms that people with intersex traits or variations of sex characteristics find empowering.

A term that is commonly used in medical and research contexts is DSD (differences of sex development) and some people, may be familiar with this term and choose to use it.

Your presence matters to us. Please join us to shape Interconnected UK into a vibrant and diverse community to celebrate our differences, improve our healthcare, protect our rights and end shame and secrecy for good.


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