A couple in British Columbia has decided to let their child develop their own gender identity. Instead of an “M” or “F” on their eight month old baby’s health card, there is a “U” that stands for unknown.
Kori Doty, parent of the baby, is fighting to exclude the gender from birth certificates.
“We’re not actually asking to have anyone’s ID changed against their will. We’re just asking to change the structure of how identification, particularly the birth certificate, starts out.”
Doty gave birth to Searyl Atli back in November outside the medical system which means there was no genital inspection. The parent argues that you can’t determine what gender the baby will be later in life just by a visual observation.
“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 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.”
Watch below to hear more of Doty’s story.