It’s being reported that a baby in British Columbia, Canada was granted a health document without specifying the baby’s gender.
The baby’s parent, Kori Doty, was opposed to assigning a gender. Doty explained: “It is up to (the baby) to decide how they identify, when they are old enough to develop their own gender identity. I am not going to foreclose their choices based on an arbitrary assignment of gender at birth based on an inspection of their genitals.”
Doty further explained this decision: “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.”
Advocates for removing gender and/or sex designations from IDs suggested this may be a world’s first. The health document itself lists a “U” instead of designating male or female. Advocates suggested the U stands for “unspecified” or “unknown” but the government agency responsible for issuing the card did not respond to requests to confirm.
While the baby does have a health card, no official birth certificate has been issued to date since they must have either a male or female designation on it. However, Doty has requested the Canadian courts intervene and help force the issuance of a birth certificate.