Interconnected UK (ICON UK) became an officially registered charity in January 2020. (Registration number 1187605).
We consider ourselves a growing organisation created by open and progressive folk from diverse backgrounds, bringing different values and skills to the organisation. We are united by a passion for supporting people with I/VSC and their communities to be self-accepting and self-advocating. We are committed to working towards a vision of adults and children with I/VSC and their loved ones having a much stronger voice in all areas of life.
We aim be an inclusive organisation welcoming everybody irrespective of race, age, religion and belief, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Magda Rakita (she/her) describes herself as an intersex woman, to best reflect her lived experience. Support and community group meetings had a tremendously positive impact on her life and experiences as an intersex person, and she is passionate about building supportive spaces for other intersex people and their families. She is co-founder of Fundacja Interakcja – the first intersex-led organisation in her home country, Poland. She lives in Cambridge, UK and works as a documentary photographer.
Anick (he/his) is a multidisciplinary researcher, creative and intersex activist who have been publicly sharing his story since 2015. He works as a consultant on intersex/Variations of Sex Characteristics/DSD for content (film/TV/broadcast/print).
Anick’s work has appeared internationally, and he has worked with a variety of non-profits, governments and media outlets. He has a degree in law and is currently studying childhood and children’s rights with a focus on children in hospitals. His area of focus is on media and researching how to support children and caregivers.
Lih-Mei Liao (she/her) is a clinical and health psychologist who has worked with people born with variations in reproductive and sex characteristics for 25 years. Until recently, she was a consultant and head of the department at a leading NHS hospital, where she played a pivotal role in developing the world’s first known multi-disciplinary clinic for affected adolescents and adults. The service has been a going concern since 1998. Her deep and at times heart-breaking conversations with service users point to a real need for peer support and a sense of belonging. She is passionate about the work of Interconnected UK to build a community with and for affected people and their caregivers and champions.
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Sara Gillingham (she/her) is a qualified accountant (CPA Australia) with over thirty years of experience. Sara was born with variations in sex characteristics and has predominantly worked with the Church of England and other Christian denominations in raising intersex awareness. She also shared her personal journey on television, radio and in the nationals newspapers.
Peter Hegarty (he/his) is a professor of psychology at the Open University in the UK, where he is co-director of the Open Psychology Research Centre. He was part of the sense collaboration that researched how young people in Europe made sense of their variations, along with their parents and health care providers. He published research on the public understanding of intersex in the UK and the USA, funded by the British Psychological Society. He is a member of the America Psychological Association Task Force on Differences of Sex Development and the steering group of the PSI International (formerly known as EUROPSI).
Kaz (she/her) has a life-long passion and commitment to equality, human rights, and inclusion. Born with Classical CAH, a variation in sex characteristics (VSC), she brings many years of experience of direct support for people with CAH and their families and those with other variations. Whilst she does not identify as intersex herself, she believes strongly in collaboration and support between those who come under the intersex/VSC umbrella and their families. She works for positive change with different sectors, from the government, health, universities, and trade unions to charities including patient support groups. Kaz has a professional background in Youth and Community Work, Social Care and Education.
Sam (they/them) is currently completing their master degree in Clinical and Health Psychology at Bangor University in North Wales. They are an advocate for familiarising intersex positive policies in everyday life.
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