A baby in Canada has been given a health card without a gender designation, in what is thought to be a world first.
The eight-month old child, named Searyl Atli was born in November in British Columbia to Kori Doty, a non-binary transgender person who identifies as neither male nor female and prefers to use the pronoun ‘they’.
Doty’s aim is for the child to discover their own gender, and as a result the health card carries a ‘U’ in the field for ‘sex’ which could stand for ‘unassigned’ or ‘undetermined’.
Doty is fighting to omit the gender from the birth certificate, and keep Searyl’s sex off all official records. Doty argues that a visual inspection at birth is unable to determine what gender the child will have or identify with in life.
Doty said “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.”
Doty is a community educator and part of the Gender-Free ID Coalition.
They believe those who identify with a different gender to that assigned at birth face problems later in life when trying to amend official documentation.