Searyl’s story: a child, documents, and the third gender

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It’s called Searyl Alti, it was born in November and thanks to him or her, depending on what he/she decides to be when he/she will be an adult, the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Alberta are planning to offer a third chance in government documents that might be gender- queer.
For now, on the health insurance card grant by the authorities, in the space for “sex” there is a U that can mean “unassigned”, but also “undetermined”. This is because the officials refused to issue a birth certificate without a gender.
The request, which might seem bizarre, came from Searly’s mother, Kori Doty, who defines herself as no-binary or gender-queer, which means she does not recognize her gender identity as exclusively male or female and is supported by Gender-Free ID Coalition, an organization opposed to assigning gender to gender based birth, as it may not coincide with the kind of person to identify as an adult.
“We’re not actually asking to have anyone’s ID changed against their will. We’re just asking to change the structure of how identification, particularly the birth certificate, starts out,” Doty told CKNW News.
The lawyer for Human Rights Barbara Findlay is working with Doty and some members of the Gender-Free Coalition ID, on the Agency’s decision to refuse a fight Vital Statistics birth certificate to Searyl without specifications gender, arguing that this decision Would violate the rights of the child to the “life, liberty and security of the person, freedom of expression and equality under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms”.
Doty, according to newspaper reports, gave birth to Searyl at a friend’s house to bypass the genital medical examination wherewith doctors use to assign a child’s sex.
Findlay argues that the inspection of the child at birth would not reflect accurately or determine the sex or gender in which the baby could choose to identify maturing with time.
The mother said that her decision was not due to a mere whim, but to the fact that for years she felt bruised, because of her birth certificate, in an “incorrect” gender identity that “followed me and followed my Identification throughout my life”.
So, along with eight other people and the British Columbia Trans Alliance, presented the case to the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal asking for the right to change their birth certificates, arguing that the document encapsulates personal information that can not be changed.
That is why, as a parent, Doty is so determined to save his child from this kind of stress and frustration. “I’m raising Searyl 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,” Doty told the CBC.
The case Searyl is bringing public opinion to reflect and discuss both theoretically and scientifically, and from a legal and practical point of view since the documents were designed with this method to be a legal and practical thing.
For the LGBTQ movement the difference lies between the word “sex” and the word “gender”. Because sex refers solely to the anatomy of a person, while gender refers to the perception that each person has as a male or female, and thus to gender identity, but also to the socially constructed system around those same identities, that is the gender role.
So it can happen that there are people growing up in a state of discontinuity between sex and gender identity.: there are today, and in history there have always been, people who are anatomically women but they feel men, either women or men, or women in some periods and men in others. For this reason in countries like Germany and India there is the third gender.
This perception has nothing to do with sex, intended as a sexual act or sexual interest. It happens more and more often, to quote Sense8, you’d fall in love with the person, not of his genitals. So it is not classified as a disease or as a perversion.
There are many different shades of being male or female, here is the binary code example: you can no longer imagine the world as a succession of 01010, there are also 2, 3, 4, and everything you want.
And I will never repeat enough to mention the discourse of genius in Woody Allen’s “Whatever works”: “That’s why I can’t say enough times, whatever love you can get and give, whatever happiness you can filch or provide, every temporary measure of grace. Whatever works!”

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