It comes as the baby’s parent fights to allow their child to develop their own gender identity.
Searyl’s parent Kori Doty is going to court against the Vital Statistics Agency for its refusal to issue a birth certificate for the child.
Since the baby was born outside the medical system, there was no ‘genital inspection.’
“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,” Doty said.
Doty said the goal is for the child to discover their own gender identity — and so far the decision hasn’t been a problem, even 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 is working on Doty’s application for a judicial review of the province’s refusal to issue birth certificate.
She said it was a big surprise when baby Searyl’s health card came in the mail.
“For us, it’s a huge step forward.”
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