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In November of 2016, Kori Doty gave birth at home in British Columbia to a baby named Searyl Atli. Now, eight months later, Doty is locked in a legal dispute with government officials who refuse to alter birth certificate regulations to issue a genderless document.
Doty, who identifies as "gender neutral" complete with beard, earrings and feminine curves, also prefers the plural pronoun for both "themselves" and for "their" baby.
Doty was interviewed by CBC News recently. She told the journalists, "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."
The new mother went on to explain, "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."
The Canadian government has issued a "health card" marked with the letter U instead of M or F for the gender which, one could assume, might stand for "unassigned, but they have stopped short of changing both official policy and law on the issuance of birth certificates.
To continue the fight, Doty is now seeking a judicial review of the policy and is represented by her lawyer, Ms. barbara findlay (who prefers only lowercase letters).
Doty is also locked in a dispute regarding her own birth certificate on which she wants the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal to help her officially remove the sex designation.
If the question of removing biological sex designations from birth certificates seems absurd, be aware that Ontario and Alberta are already seriously considering the issue and campaigners in the UK are working to have gender removed entirely from passports.
Non-binary birth certificates are likely to become the next hot-button issue for gender radicals pushing not only to overturn the traditional concepts of gender but throw them out entirely.
Birth certificates are official government medical documents and should not be the place to experiment with radical notions of gender identity disorder on an infant. The sex listed is just that, the biological sex.
If Doty's baby, little Searyl Atli, grows up to identify with a different gender that is an entirely separate matter from his or her biology. But biology has now become inconvenient to certain liberal extremists.
Bathroom rights, marriage licenses, high-risk occupation restrictions and other areas where biological sex becomes a factor all refer to the birth certificate as an objective, medical document free from gender-politics.
By effecting changes in birth certificate policies, transgendered persons will have circumvented any possible regulations in every other area because then they would be able to point to an official government document that supports their view.
To refuse to acknowledge biology for a child is not "liberating" as these individuals seem to believe. It is damaging and it virtually guarantees that this fight over sex and gender will haunt the child for decades to come.
The members of the Gender-Free ID Coalition, as it is called, may be free to identify with whatever gender they choose, or none at all, so long as they are consenting adults playing with pronouns, but to force changes in broad government policy and to inflict this gender confusion on innocent children is another matter.
Spread far enough, the very idea of boys and girls, men and women, mothers and fathers, and thus the family itself, will erode.
Time to watch for the outcome of this case because a "U" here could signal an avalanche of similar movements in provinces across Canada and countries around the world.