Kori Doty wants to be referred to with the pronoun "they" instead of "he" or "she"—and they want the same thing for their baby. Doty, a transgender parent in Canada, has been fighting to keep gender off the birth certificate for Searyl Atli, the baby they gave birth to last year. Authorities in British Columbia have refused to issue Searyl Atli a gender-free birth certificate, though in what is believed to be a first in Canada, the baby was issued a health card with a "U" for gender instead of an "M" or "F," Global News reports. The "U" is believed to stand for "unspecified" or "unknown," reports the Telegraph.
Doty says until Searyl decides on their own gender identity, they are being raised to be "the most whole person that they can be outside of the restrictions that come with the boy box and the girl box." Doty is taking the province to court as part of a wider fight to have gender omitted from birth certificates and other government documents across Canada. "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," Doty tells the CBC. "Those assumptions were incorrect, and I ended up having to do a lot of adjustments since then." (Germans can have an "X" instead of an "M" or "F.")