An eight-month-old Canadian baby could be the first person to have a medical card without a gender designation.
Kori Doty, who identifies as non-binary, gave birth to Searyl Atli at a friend’s house in British Columbia. Doty says they want to raise Searyl to determine their own gender identity.
CBC News reports Searyl’s medical card was issued with a “U” in the sex category which stands for “undetermined” or “unassigned.” Doty told CBC News that they don’t want a piece of paper to determine Searyl’s gender but want the baby to grow up to decide.
“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 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,” Doty says.
Doty, a member of the Gender-Free ID Coalition, a group that aims to bring a third-gender policy for identification, says they don’t want Searyl to face the same gender identity issues in society as they did.
“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,” Doty says.
Doty has applied for judicial review to exclude gender on Searyl’s birth certificate.