Male or Female? In Canada a newborn has the first birth certificate marked ‘unknown’ upon parent’s request

An eight-month old Canadian baby has been issued a health card marked with gender ‘U’ presumably for  ‘unknown’ or ‘unassigned’, in what could be the first case in the world. The parent Kori Doty (cover picture), a non-binary trans parent who doesn’t identify as either male or female (and prefers to use the pronoun they), wants to keep baby’s gender off all official records, Canadian media reports.

“I’m raising the baby 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 parent said.

Assigning gender at birth is a violation of a child’s human rights to freely express their gender identity, Doty argues.