In our society the notion of gender is becoming increasingly obsolete. We are no longer bound by traditional notions of what a relationship should be, our culture is becoming more progressive in it’s attitude toward different kinds of romantic partnerships. High profile transgender people like Caitlyn Jenner identify as the opposite gender to the one they were born and can have realignment surgery to alter their appearance and biology to mirror their mental state.
So, gender has become a less significant definition to us than it once purported to be. Emerging news of an eight-month Canadian baby would appear to support this claim. This case is believed to be the first in the world.
Kori Doty, a non-binary trans-parent who isn’t identified as a male or female, wants his baby’s gender to be kept off all records. He said that their intention is to raise the baby named Searyl Atli as genderless until they have a “sense of self and command of vocabulary to tell me who they are.”
Kori from British Columbia has been trying to get a birth certificate issued since last November, but so far has failed.
According to CBC, he returned their child’s health card with a U for gender which means undetermined or unassigned.
“I’m raising Searyl in 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”.
He thinks that children who grow up identifying with a different gender to the one they were defined at birth face problems later in their lives.
“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.”
The Canadian Media reports that the baby’s health card could be the first in the world without a gender assignment included. A lawyer will represent the family in a judicial review of the case.