The Scotsman - Children with different sex development need more help – Ellie Magritte

Different sex development (DSD) is an umbrella term for the 40 or so atypical pathways an embryo can take towards becoming a baby boy or girl. DSD affects how a body can make or respond to sex hormones. This in turn can affect fertility or genital appearance...

Read the full article here.


Mumsnet - ‘Differences in sex development’ (DSD) – what does it mean?

Kate Davies, Senior Lecturer at London South Bank University and Trustee for the charity and patient support group dsdfamilies, explains what Differences in Sex Development means. Read the full article here.


Scottish Differences of Sex Development Network Family Day—Saturday 8th June 2019 Are you a young person or a parent of a young person with differences of sex development? Would you like to find out more from specialists in a friendly atmosphere, away from hospital? Would you like to meet and talk to other people who may have similar experiences? Date Saturday 8th June 2019 Time 10am—2pm Venue The Studio, Glasgow Register

See further information here.


Listen to us’ is a unique report capturing the voices of nearly 200 children, young people and adults living with different sex development and their families. 

Their message stands out for its simplicity: we need good and thoughtful healthcare; we need accessible and can-do information about different sex development and what that means for our newborns, for our children, for ourselves and our lives ahead; we need peers and social support; we need help to talk about this: words that can explain it and a society that hasn’t already made up its mind. 

This report underpins the Action and Fundraising plan for dsdfamilies for 2019-2022. If you’re interested in becoming a part of the dsdfamilies Team let us know what skill(s) you can contribute, what difference you can make. 
If you can fundraise for dsdfamilies, please contact Ivy via

How many?

We get a lot of questions around how many people 'actually' have different sex development. That's because some people use a specific definition and others a 'non-medical' one. Have a have a listen to the More or Less programme (first 7 minutes) and make up your own mind.

And for more detail still, have a look at our Overview of different sex development.

March 2019

Trustee Ellie Magritte and chair of dsdfamilies Julie Alderson spoke at a medical conference for paediatric endocrinologists in Stratford on 1 March. Julie spoke about supporting children with genital difference and findings from a study she coordinated, and Ellie introduced the 'Story of Sex Development', a visual and easy-to-understand way to explain (a)typical sex development. (see picture opposite from the event)

February 2019

We are pleased to be sharing this statement from Caster Semenya, released February 14th 2019: 


Please refer to Karkazis and our FAQ for any further questions. 

January 2019

The Government Equalities Office have launched a call for evidence on the experiences of people who have variations in sex characteristics (VSC). The call for evidence is designed for VSC individuals, their parents, carers, and legal guardians, and professionals and service providers to share their views and experiences in a number of different areas including healthcare, education and support services. The call for evidence will run for 10 weeks between 17th January and 28th March and is open for anyone to respond. If you wish to share your views and respond to the call for evidence, please follow this link.



Different sex development happens in many different ways. We have brought various conditions together and briefly describe the biological pathways so that visitors to our website know that they are in the right place to get further information. Most importantly, we hope it will signal to children and young people that many other kids also have to learn about different sex development and that they are not alone. Visit the pages here.