Kori Doty does not like conventions. Considered neither man nor woman, this non-binary trans does not have the intention either that their child is subject to it. Thus, since the birth of Searyl Atli last November, Kori is fighting to have the sex of their child not appear on any official document.
“I am raising Searyl so that as long as he / she does not know the right words to tell me how he / she considers himself / herself, I consider him / her to be a baby and I give him / her all love and Support necessary to his development as a person to ensure that he / she is not constrained to restrictions that come with a female or male, “Kori told CBC.
Thus, the parent militates that the sex of his baby does not appear on his birth certificate, which denies him the province of British Columbia. Determined, Kori uses the services of a lawyer and asks the court to look into the matter, according to CBC.
In the meantime, her baby received an ungendered health insurance card with the letter “U” for “unspecified” where an “F” or “M” is normally found.
AND IF THE EXCEPTION BECAME THE STANDARD?
This victory is the first of a large fight led by the group Gender-Free Coalition of which Kori is a member and which militates that the gender of the individuals does not have to appear on the government documents. Eight individuals brought their case before the BC Human Rights Tribunal and pleaded that the genus be removed from their own birth certificate and that this omission applies to all documents issued by and for the Canadian government.
At least seven countries allow their citizens to choose a neutral gender on their passports: Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Nepal, Germany and Bangladesh and India. Canada could be added to the list, as the Liberal government promised to do so.
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Since last fall, Canada has accepted foreign passports that are not gender-specific. Travelers who apply for Electronic Travel Authorization (AVE) can now choose their gender from “woman”, “man” or “other” to ensure consistency with what is in their passport.
A year ago, Ontario decided to withdraw the genre on its health insurance cards. Since January, Ontarians may also choose to put an “X” on their driver’s license. A decision made without consulting Ottawa that had its share of inconvenience. A few months after the change was implemented, individuals with the new card had difficulty obtaining a passport, as this was essential information for its issuance. Since then, Passport Canada has adjusted the process and accepted non-sex documents. “
Sarah Is a researcher and law student at York University (TORONTO). She has worked as the Director of the Graduate Lawyering Program. After school Sarah worked for an American law firms in Moscow, Russia for three years. She graduated from Columbia Law School, Columbia School of International and Public Affairs and Harvard College. she research interest is in human rights and health law, with a particular focus on the law and policy of vaccination.