Now, the businesswoman, from south-west England, is in the process of adopting a child.
Because she is unable to change her name or sex on her birth certificate, adoption is harder and marriage impossible.
She said not all people with a DSD define themselves as intersex, but added: “The main challenges for families and kids is the social context in which we live with these conditions.” Pia Clinton-Tarestad, head of specialised commissioning at NHS England, said that the NHS is “working to assess the services we commission for intersex people”, and that it understood that “issues surrounding the timing of, and consent to surgery, are controversial”.
She added that best practice involves “co-operation and agreement” between child, parents and a multidisciplinary clinical team.
But when she was a young child, doctors told her parents that she had testes which would have to be removed.
This year, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture condemned non- consensual surgery on children to “fix their sex”, saying it could cause “permanent, irreversible infertility and severe mental suffering”.We are positive role models, and professional and intelligent women, who want to represent the needs of children so that the problems we experienced aren’t replicated.” In the 1960s, it became the norm to operate on children with atypical sexual anatomy at a young age.Doctors assigned the child’s gender and operated to reinforce it.Lord Wilf Stevenson, opposition whip and former special adviser to Gordon Brown – who has a more common DSD called hypospadias – supports the campaign and has raised concerns with ministers.“The issue is that the current law has been overtaken by medical technology,” he said.