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Canada issues birth certificate without gender specification

Posted at 5:18 PM, Jul 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 17:18:18-04

BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA (CBC/CNN) - A transgender parent in Canada won a health document that omits gender specification on their baby's birth certificate.

It's part of a global effort to keep gender off of government documents altogether.

The parent, Kori Doty, identifies as non-binary transgender.

Doty says British Columbia is refusing to issue a gender-blank birth certificate for the child.

But the province issued a health card for the child with the gender listed as "u" for "unassigned" or "undetermined."

The group Gender FREE I.D. said in a statement on its website that the Canadian officials’ action is possibly a “world first.”  

Doty wants to avoid assigning a gender to the child, who was born in November.

"I want to be able to give them the most open opportunity to develop as a whole human and I don't want to be restricting them to what might come with a box as guessed by what their genitals look like," Doty said. "That just doesn't seem appropriate to me."

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