A Canadian parent is fighting for the right to not give their baby a gender after arguing that a simple biological examination cannot uncover the child’s true identity.
Kori Doty, who does not identify as either male or female and uses the pronoun “they”, says their eight-month-old baby has still not been granted a birth certificate because officials say a gender of either male or female must be registered.
Doty, who is transsexual, says they want their child, named Searyl Atli, to be able to choose its own gender when it is old enough, and has launched a judicial review against the policy.
“I’m raising Searyl in such a way that until they have the sense of self and command of vocabulary to tell me who they are, I’m recognising them as a baby and trying to give them all the love and support to be the most whole person that they can be outside of the restrictions that come with the boy box and the girl box,” they told CBC.
“I want my kid to have all of the space to be the most whole and complete person that they can be.”
Although the province of British Columbia, where Doty lives, is refusing to issue a birth certificate that does not state a gender, it did agree to provide the child with a health card with a “U” for gender – believed to stand for “undetermined” or “unassigned”.
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