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A Canadian baby may be the first person to be issued a health card with no gender


A parent in Canada fighting to have their eight-month-old baby's gender omitted from their birth certificate has won one significant battle.

The baby has been issued a health card without a gender marker, which could make the baby the first person in the world to receive a non-binary designation. The health card says "U" in the place where sex is written.

The baby, Searyl Atli, was born in British Columbia in November. BBC News reports that parent Kori Doty, who is a non-binary transgender person, wants the child to discover their own gender. Doty wants to keep the baby's sex off all official records, arguing that a visual inspection at birth is not sufficient for determining a person's gender.

"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 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 told CBC News.

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