Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

A parent is fighting to have no mention of their baby’s gender on the birth certificate

genderless baby birth certificate canada.jpg

A Canadian parent is fighting to let their child choose their own gender by holding out for a birth certificate with no mention of gender.

Kori Doty, from British Columbia, identifies as non-binary genderqueer trans and would prefer baby Searyl Atli, born last November, to discover their own gender.

Doty, who uses ‘they/them/their’ pronouns for themselves and the eight-month-old baby, says that Canadian authorities have agreed to issue a health card with a ‘U’ in the gender box so medical services can be accessed.

However the province is reportedly refusing to issue a genderless birth certificate and Doty has applied for a judicial review.

Baby Sea and Papa dressed matchy in brown t shirts and jeans. #statementtee #applesfallingfromtrees

A post shared by Homostead Farm (@homostead) on

CBC quotes Doty as saying they want to let the child make their own choice, whatever that may be, rather than have a gender assigned according to genitalia: “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.”

Read more: Emma Watson makes history accepting gender-neutral award

They added: “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.”

What a perfectly delightful night. Happy summer friends. #solstice2017 #queerfamily

A post shared by Homostead Farm (@homostead) on

While some Canadian provinces are reviewing policies with a view to potentially adding a third gender box for non-binary, Doty is campaigning for no gender identification on documents at all, arguing that the option could single people out for discrimination.

Along with seven other complainants, CBS News reports, Doty is involved with the case being considered by the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal on whether gender should be included on birth certificates.

Main image: iStock



36 fashionable Irish baby names taking the world by storm


The complex role that fragrance plays when changing gender


Ashish teams with River Island for ‘dreamy’ gender-neutral collection


“Why I opted out of reconstruction after my double mastectomy”

Breast cancer survivor Jeanne Paul says many don’t understand her choice

by Amy Swales
21 Aug 2017

Carpool Karaoke gets a Game of Thrones makeover

The Starks are in town

by Amy Swales
21 Aug 2017

How the solar eclipse could completely transform your life

An astrologer tells us how to tap into the ‘magical powers’ of tonight’s eclipse

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Aug 2017

Lidl is selling £3.33 bottles of prosecco – but there’s a catch

Bring on the bubbles

by Megan Murray
21 Aug 2017

Singer stops concert to expertly shame man for sexual assault

“It is not your f**king body and you do not f**king grab at someone!”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
21 Aug 2017

Why that Game of Thrones infertility storyline is so very important

This article contains spoilers, obviously

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Aug 2017

“I’m child-free, not childless – why the difference matters”

One writer on how our language shames women who choose not to procreate

21 Aug 2017

High school boys support female students against sexist dress code

And this is how it’s done

by Megan Murray
21 Aug 2017

Why people are posting cat photos in response to the Barcelona attacks

There’s a reason behind the influx of felines online

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Aug 2017

The deadly secret hidden within that creepy Game of Thrones hug

Spoilers are coming…

by Kayleigh Dray
18 Aug 2017