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WATCH: This non-binary parent is struggling to get their child a gender-neutral birth certificate

WATCH: This non-binary parent is struggling to get their child a gender-neutral birth certificate

Kori Doty and their child

Canadian Kori Doty, the non-binary parent of Searyl Atli, has been urging the government to issue their child a birth certificate with ‘gender unknown’ listed as the gender marker.

‘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 explained to CBC News.

Since giving birth last November, Doty has faced ongoing challenges with getting the province of British Columbia to provide such a birth certificate – the first of its kind for the province.

Other Canadian provinces, such as Alberta and Ontario, are currently reworking their policies to be able to accommodate this type of request.

Though Doty’s request for a gender-neutral birth certificate was denied, the province of British Columbia did send them a health card with the child’s gender listed as ‘U’ for ‘undetermined.’

Searyl Atli's health card
Searyl Atli’s health card with ‘U’ for ‘undetermined’ listed in the gender marker slot Gender-Free ID Coalition

Doty is a member of the Gender-Free ID Coalition, which seeks to put an end to mandatory gender markers on state-issued identification cards. This case is currently being presented to the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal. As one of eight complainants, Doty is seeking a revision to their own birth certificate as well.

‘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 said.

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

‘Certainly, our culture is obsessed with [a baby is] a boy or a girl, but the government doesn’t have any business certifying that information when they don’t know it to be true,’ says barbara findlay, Doty’s lawyer, who doesn’t spell her name with capital letters.

Learn more about Kori Doty’s story in the video below: