True selves

News of a world-first designation of a gender-free baby in Canada will come as no surprise, but should come with significant alarm. Canadian officials have issued an identification card with a U where an M or F should be, standing for unassigned.

Other government authorities are refusing to issue a birth certificate for the child, Searyl Alti, unless a gender is stated in the application, much to the ire of the transgender/non-binary mother, Kori Doty.

‘I want my kid to have all of the space to be the most whole and complete person that they can be,’ says Doty.

As a psychiatrist I have many patients who speak of being stuck in the wrong body. I have young men taking steroids assuring me their Herculean bodies are merely a step on the journey to their authentic selves. Other patients speak of finding their essence after I prescribe them anti-depressants. And there is the new epidemic of gender-confused patients like Doty determined to be something other than their biological sex.

On each occasion, the true self is that which is produced by medical science.

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