Canadian government claims this could be the first child in the world without a government registered gender.

Searyl Atli, was registered for health care with a British Columbia health card marked with a ‘U’ in the space that is usually reserved for gender.

The ABC reports, the now one year old was not granted a birth certificate at birth because officials say a gender of either male or female must be registered.

The child was born in British Columbia, “outside the medical system,” and did not undergo a genital inspection after birth, campaign group Gender Free I.D. Coalition said in a statement.

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Searyl’s parent, Kori Doty, who is transsexual, says they want their child to be able to choose its own gender when it is old enough, and has launched a judicial review against the policy

Doty, identifies as a non-binary transgender parent, meaning she identifies as neither male nor female, and wants Searyl’s gender kept off any records.


“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 told CBC news.

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“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 continued.

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

When all is said and done Doty is a parent. The child’s happiness is the most important thing in all of this.

“I want my kid to have all of the space to be the most whole and complete person that they can be,” Doty finished.

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Do you think we will see more and more parents in the future doing similar and allowing their child to decide their true gender?

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  • This is going to be very confusing for the child as they get older and start going to school. Yes dotty probably has the best intentions but they are putting their own issues onto the poor kid. Just put the kids physical gender down and if they decide to be something later on who cares!


  • ok this is pc overload. it is just paperwork after all if you feel that strongly about it. there are bigger things to be concerned with in the world like being able to send your kid to school one day


  • I’m surprised the baby is registered with a Health Card given that there is no official birth certificate. Would the parents have made a different decision had a Health Card been denied?


  • I understand what the parent is saying but it’s not like the child has to turn out that way. Without ticking “that box” the child will not have a birth certificate. Surely as long as you bring the child up the way they want that is what matters. It seems to me if you want to travel somewhere, you can not take your child with you because no birth certificate, no passport.


  • Really? I agree with so many of the comments on here about this being a difference between gender and sexuality. Also, well done for plastering your child’s face across the internet to follow them throughout their development.


  • Mom210645 hit the nail on the head. Gender is a physical thing, as opposed to sexuality which is entirely different. Asking this of a small child is just too much.


  • Is the parent doing it for the baby or themselves?… Wow! I’m sure we will see more of this unfortunately.. Each to their own.. ????


  • I do imagine we’ll see more of this. I’m not sure what it means for our society though or for this child. Will be interesting to follow.


  • why ? Just put down what ever gender the baby is – it’s the legal thing to do! – if and when the baby decides “who they are” then deal with that then – at least Doty is the kind of parent who will automatically understand if the baby feels the same way that she/he felt/feels, but until then why put yourself through all this fighting – I just don’t understand it


  • This parent clearly has gone through a lot and has probably the best intentions. However the unresolved conflict within Doty and the choice to bring up the child as neither female nor male can cause a lot of questions, bullying and upset for the child when it grows up.
    I hope they’re surrounded by lovely, kind and understanding people who support them !


  • Can not see Australia allowing this very soon at all. It is a personal choice, though allowing a small child to decide will be interesting.


  • We probably will see more and more of this happening. Look at most surveys today and you aren’t asked if you are male or female, you are asked to answer at least four different genders, not sexualities.
    It is a pity as it makes it even harder for the child.


  • Oh my goodness! STUPID!!!! Seriously people, the world really has gone mad!!! ???? This is a bad thing for the child! Not a good thing!!!!! As someone pointed out, sexuality and gender are 2 different things, one can be chosen, the other can’t.


  • Gender is either male or female. It is dependent on the reproductive organ one is born with. Sexuality is when a person decides whether he or she decides to be heterosexual, homosexual, asexual, etc.


  • My understanding is that there is no obvious physical indication as to the sex of the child. Doctors can’t decide. For Doty, the medical profession decided, wrongly. This parent was born with the same problem. There is understanding there. How can we presume to tell a person in that situation the just tick a box?!


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