A TRANS parent in Canada has won the right to have their child’s gender officially unassigned.
Kori Doty’s child Searyl has been allowed to have a health care card with gender marked as U for unassigned instead of the traditional M or F, ABC News has reported.
Doty said they had been campaigning for the decision for some time along with other trans activists.
“I’m a trans person and was raised within one particular gender and years later found that wasn’t really what suited me best,” they said.
“I wanted to be able to hold the space for my kid to explore who they were without all of the baggage that comes with the boy box and girl box.”
Doty said the decision is the first step in a larger push for gender neutrality.
“I’ve been involved with a case which is ongoing through the Human Rights Tribunal here in DC with eight other folks and also an organisation that represents all trans people in DC,” they said.
“We’ve been asking for birth certificates without a gender marker since 2015. So it was a very natural step for me to first of all try and have Searyl joined in as a part of that.”
Doty said they hoped the decision would help their child to make decisions about their gender without social pressure.
“I hope that it means they feel more supported to explore whoever they are, regardless of how that pertains to binary expectations,” they said.
“They’re a very, very happy kid who is very supported.”
Doty’s battle to have Searyl’s identity documents issued without an assigned gender has made headlines recently.
Earlier this week, Doty reprimanded Piers Morgan on television for asking invasive questions about their gender and genitals while discussing the issue.