Canadian Baby Officially Identified As Agender On Birth Document
Photo: Kori Doty with baby Searyl Atli (Picture: Kori Doty/Facebook via Metro)
A Canadian baby is believed to be the first infant in the world to be identified without a specified gender on birth documents.
Eight months ago, Searyl Atli was born to Kori Doty, a non-binary transgender person who doesn't identify as male or female.
Kori wishes baby Searyl to discover their own gender.
According to reports, the health card issued for baby Searyl was marked with a "U" under sex, which presumably means undetermined, or unassigned.
From BBC News:
The parent gave birth to Searyl Atli in November at a friend's home in British Columbia. Kori Doty, who prefers to use the pronoun they, argues that a visual inspection at birth is unable to determine what gender that person will have or identify with later in life.
They want to keep Searyl's sex off all official records.
"I'm raising Searyl in 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," the parent was quoted by CBC as saying.
Kori Doty, an educator and advocate for gender-free identification, said that gender designation at birth can cause problems for gender non-conforming persons, later in life.
"When I was born, doctors looked at my genitals and made assumptions about who I would be, and those assignments followed me and followed my identification throughout my life."
"Those assumptions were incorrect, and I ended up having to do a lot of adjustments since then."