An eight-month-old baby, born in Canada, will have the official sexless document. This is probably the first case in the world where the gender of a newborn baby is not defined.
The child, baptized as Searyl Atli, had the health card issued by the government of British Columbia with the letter “U” in the space reserved for sex. In this way, gender can be interpreted in English as undetermined (indefinite) or unassigned (not assigned).
The decision not to define the sex of Searyl is from Kori Doty, the baby’s father/mother, who is a transgender and identifies himself/herself as a “non-binary” person – a classification used by people who do not consider themselves to be a man or a woman. Kori wants her son to discover his gender on his own when he was older.
In addition to the health card, Kori tries to omit the gender of his child from the birth certificate. The parent brings an action against the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency, the body responsible for issuing civil records. Amidst the legal dispute, the child’s health card was last month issued by the provincial government without gender identification.
No identification of sex after birth
“The gender designation in this culture is made when a doctor opens his legs and looks at a baby’s genitals. But we know that gender identity will only be developed a few years after birth,” said family lawyer Barbara Findlay, who prefers to write her name without capital letters, to the Globo News website.
Searyl was born in November last year in a home birth at a friend’s house in Kori, precisely so that the child would not have its gender determined by doctors after the birth. For the father/mother, this visual inspection at the time of birth is not able to determine someone’s gender. Kori does not want what happened to the child to happen to her, who was considered a woman.
Transgender works with community education and is a member of the Non-Gender Identity Coalition, a non-governmental organization that advocates that the category “sex” be removed from all official documents of citizens. In addition, Kori is one of eight people involved in a lawsuit demanding the exclusion of gender in all documents issued in Canada.
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