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Kori Doti pictured with baby Searyl Atli. (Facebook).


Canadian baby issued government health document that does not list a gender

July 5, 2017

In what appears to be a world first, a Canadian baby has been issued a health document that does not specify a gender, the campaign group Gender Free I.D. Coalition, which seeks to “remove all gender/sex designations from identity documents,” has announced. Searyl Atli Doty was born “outside the medical system” to a non-binary transgender parent, Kori Doty, who did not want to have a gender assigned to Searyl Atli because of Doty’s own experiences growing up. “It is up to Searyl to decide how they identify, when they are old enough to develop their own gender identity,” Doty said in the statement. “I am not going to foreclose their choices based on an arbitrary assignment of gender at birth based on an inspection of their genitals.” While Doty had difficulties obtaining a birth certificate for the baby, the health card — a document that entitles Canadians to the use of public health services — arrived without explanation one day, listing the baby’s sex as “U,” meaning “unspecified” or “unknown,” according to the campaigners. The Ministry of Health has yet to comment on the issue.

Earlier this year, Doty appeared in a short documentary and discussed parenting a child that has not had an official gender assigned, and the philosophical approach of viewing gender as a spectrum rather than the binary masculine-feminine construct.

Read the full story at CNN.


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