A baby born without a gender designation was confirmed and recorded in Canada. The child is the first recorded case of this gender in history. The parents also plan to raise the historical child to let them decide the gender identity they want to take when they grow up.
According to BBC, her biological parent, Koti Doty, a non-binary transgender will allow the child, Searyl Atli, to discover their own gender when they come of age. In the child’s health card, the gender is tagged as “U” which could mean for “undetermined” or “unassigned”. Doty has also been fighting to omit Searyl’s gender from their birth certificate and other official records.
Searyl’s mother aims to raise the child up to be free to decide which of their gender when they come of age. “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,” said Doty to CBC.
For now, Searyl is just an eight-months old child. As stated by the child’s parent, Searyl will also be given the freedom to pick as Doty had a rough time as their gender designation was wrong. It’s unknown at what age will the child be able to pick their gender designation in the future.
Potentially, Searyl’s case could open up more chances for future parents to have babies tagged with the “U” gender designation. It would take some time as this is not yet the standard procedure for most medical and legal practices worldwide.
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