A baby in Canada is believed to be the first in the world to be identified as agender on an official document.
Searyl Atli was born to Kori Doty, a non-binary trans person who doesn’t identify as male or female, eight months ago.
Kori wishes baby Searyl to discover their own gender.
The health card issued for Searyl was marked with ‘u’ under sex, meaning undetermined or unassigned.
A Canadian baby is believed to be the first infant in the world to be identified without a specified gender on birth documents.
They parent, who will keep Searyl’s sex off all official records.
‘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,’ Atli said, as quoted by CBC.
Born at a friend’s home in British Columbia, Doty hopes to make clear there is no sense in giving a baby an ‘assigned gender’.
Why this parent is choosing to raise their baby agender
An advocate for gender-free identification, Doty said gender designation at birth can cause problems for gender non-conforming persons later in life.’
‘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,’ they said.
‘Those assumptions were incorrect, and I ended up having to do a lot of adjustments since then.’