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Canadian baby gets world’s first ‘unknown’ gender insurance card

By Mason White 12:50 PM July 4, 2017
Kori and Searyl Doty
Kori and Searyl Doty
By: Emily Lewis

(Scroll down for video) A mother in Canada, is fighting to keep her baby’s gender off from legal documents.

The baby has now received an insurance card with the letter “U” for unknown as the gender.

8-month-old Searyl Atli is believed to be the first baby in the world to obtain a health card with the gender marked as “unknown.”

Kori Doty, who gave birth to Searyl, is a non-binary trans parent. Doti does not identify as male or female. Instead, Doty is referred to as they.

Doty of British Columbia, is raising Searyl in such a way that the child will be able to decide the own gender.

Doty does not want her child to be forced into the box of “male or female.” Instead, Searyl would have the choice to be who they want to be.

“When they have the sense of self command of vocabulary they will tell me who they are,” Doty said.

Doty is fighting for the child to have a genderless birth certificate, but British Columbia has so far refused to change it, but they did send Doty the child’s health card with a “U” for gender.

British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal argued that the omission of the gender should apply to all government documents for everyone so that it would reduce that stress of the often difficult process of having the sex of the person changed later in life.