This Is The First Baby In The World With No Legal Gender Designation
The child is classified as neither male or female.
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In what the BBC are labelling a world-first, a Canadian baby is the first ever child whose identity card omits all reference to gender after parent Kori Doty argued that it's much too soon to slap a definitive label on the child.
With the baby being born back in November to a non-binary person, Kori explained that the decision was made in an effort to ensure baby Saeryl doesn't feel trapped into a potentially harmful gender category before getting the chance to explore how they identify.
As Kori has opted not to classify the child as either male or female, the government have refused to assign baby Saeryl a birth certificate. However, the child's health card is filed under the category 'U', which Kori assumes means either 'unspecified' or 'undecided.'
In an effort to secure a birth certificate for Saeryl, Kori has now submitted a judicial review pleading for the document to be pushed through without gender, while joining seven others in putting a case to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal to omit gender on all government documents.
In an interview with CBC, Kori said: "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."
"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."
This marks a major step towards society becoming an easier place to navigate for non-binary people, and follows recent laws passed in Oregon and Washington, D.C that mean it's now possible to be issued a gender-neutral drivers' license.