Meet the world's first baby 'without a gender'

By Pam Magwaza
08 July 2017

This adorable eight-month-old is the first baby in the world to have its gender classified as unknown.

Kori Doty, a non-binary transgender person, fought long and hard to make sure that the baby is not given a gender but rather grows up with the choice to choose which gender they want to identify with.

Canadian officials have issued the baby, whose name is Searyl Alti, a health card without a gender marker. So in place of "sex", Searyl has a "U" for unknown.

Kori argued that because the baby was not born in a hospital -- and therefore outside the medical system -- no gender genital inspection was done, so the baby should be classified as unknown.

“We’re not actually asking to have anyone’s ID changed against their will. We’re just asking to change the structure of how identification, particularly the birth certificate, starts out,” Kori told CKNW News.

Kori, who gave birth to the tot, said the child should be able to decide which gender they want to be and not have it forced on them.

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"When people ask if the baby is a boy or a girl. Often I’ll just say I don’t know yet, or I’m not rushing to apply those types of labels on this kid. Right now they’re just a baby.”

Human rights lawyer barbara findlay, who styles her name without capital letters and was involved in the case for Kori's baby to not be given a gender, said when the genderless health card arrived in the post it was "a big deal and a major step forward."

"The assignment of sex in this culture is done when a medical person lifts up the legs and looks at the baby’s genitals. But we know that the baby’s own gender identity will not develop for some years until after they’re born," said barbara.

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Sources: BuzzfeedCKNW News, Viral Thread

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