In this May 18, 2016 photo, baby Marissa looks at her mother, Katie Young, an inmate at the Decatur Correctional Center in Decatur, Ill. The Decatur Correctional Center in Illinois opened a nursery in 2007, and 73 moms and 69 babies have participated. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

Canadian Mother Wants Baby’s Gender To Be ‘Unknown’

This is liberalism in the 21st century.

Kori Doty of British Columbia gave birth to a baby girl last November. Despite the baby (named Searyl Atli) having female genitalia, Doty is determined to make the government recognize her as gender unidentified. The mother is fighting for the birth certificate to read “gender unknown” until the baby is old enough to make the decision on her own.

She spoke to CBC News about the purpose in what she’s doing (note: Doty refers to herself and her baby with the “they” pronoun):

“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 – who identifies as a non-binary transgender person and maintains a spotty beard – argues it’s a human rights issue. She believes it’s injustice for the government to force people to choose between only two genders. Strongly believing in her baby’s right to gender self-determination, she is currently lobbying the Human Rights Tribunal in British Columbia for the omission of gender identification in all government documents.

Currently, local government officials have allowed Searly to carry a health card with “U” for sex identification (meaning “unidentified”), but British Columbia is refusing to issue the family a gender-less birth certificate.

The mother explained her upbringing as transgender and how it lead her to make this fight:

“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 stated. “Those assumptions were incorrect, and I ended up having to do a lot of adjustments since then.”

Doty has applied for a judicial review to exclude gender identification on birth certificates.

 

 

 

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