Sporting a moustache and breasts and apparently able to give birth, Canadian Kori Doty calls herself a non-binary trans-parent who doesn’t identify as male or female, and this person has gone to great lengths to make sure that her eight-month-old baby is treated the same way.
Doty wants to be known as “they” instead of him or her, but for clarity’s sake, this report will refer to Doty as “her,” since anyone who gives birth must biologically be a woman.
Kori’s baby, named Searyl Atli, has become the first child in British Columbia to be issued a health identity card with sex marked “U”, for undetermined or unassigned.
According to Doty, Searyl is being raised without a gender designation “until they have the sense of self and command of vocabulary to tell me who they are. I’m recognizing 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.”
Unlike other Canadian provinces, British Colombia only accommodates male or female gender designation on official documents, much to Doty’s dismay. Apparently, it’s not enough for Doty that the baby’s health cards don’t reveal Searyl’s gender.
Still, Doty is willing to expend time and money trying to get British Columbia to issue the baby with a birth certificate that does not their reveal gender. So far, she’s had no such luck.
— Charmaine de Silva (@char_des) June 30, 2017
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