Feminism | Posted by Kadin Burnett on 07/21/2017

The Fight To Exclude Gender On This Baby’s Birth Certificate

Why do we assign genders at birth?

“Is it a boy or a girl?” everyone asks immediately upon learning of a pregnancy or birth. It’s a question that dictates the name parents give their baby, determines the color they paint the nursery, and even catalyzes the shade of powder for a viral gender reveal at baby showers. But one Canadian family recently rejected this tradition: eight months ago, Searyl Atli Doty was born to a non-binary transgender parent by the name of Kori Doty, who declined to assign the baby a gender.

Searyl Atli was born outside of the medical system and was issued a health document that did not specify gender. The issued health card (a document that …

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