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« I'm okay with nobody knowing that I might also be neutrois and not just male. And I'm okay with being not sure about this. »
Nathan, 21 (male)[1]

Neutrois is an identity under the nonbinary and transgender umbrellas. Generally speaking, neutrois is a transsexual identity, meaning that it involves gender dysphoria and a desire to make a physical transition to a gender neutral presentation. However, as a result of the diversity of people who identify as neutrois, some of them say they don't have one or more of those traits, and are no less neutrois for it. What is agreed upon is that neutrois is a nonbinary gender identity, and that people of any gender assigned at birth can have this identity.[2] A person of any cultural or ethnic background can call themself neutrois, and a neutrois person may use any pronouns they like.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word "neutrois" was created by a neutrois person named H. A. Burnham in 1995.[3] The word "neutrois" is presumably made from French neutre, meaning "neutral" or "neuter," and French trois, "three," as in third gender. Because French trois has sounds that are difficult to Anglicize, some pronunciations of neutrois in use are new-TWA,[4] new-TRAW, new-TROY, new-TROYS, new-TROSS, new-TROZ, or new-TROYZ.[5]

History[edit | edit source]

In 1995, the word "neutrois" was created by a neutrois person named H. A. Burnham, who described it in public posts to Internet newsgroups for transgender people.[3]

The 2013 text Sexuality and Gender for Mental Health Professionals: A Practical Guide mentioned neutrois as one of many valid nonbinary identities.[6]

In 2014, neutrois was one of 50 genders made available on the social networking site Facebook.[7]

In 2018, Washington state began to allow "X" gender markers on official documents[8], with the law stating that
« "X" means a gender that is not exclusively male or female, including, but not limited to, intersex, agender, amalgagender, androgynous, bigender, demigender, female-to-male, genderfluid, genderqueer, male-to-female, neutrois, nonbinary, pangender, third sex, transgender, transsexual, Two Spirit, and unspecified.[9] »

Transition[edit | edit source]

In 2000, the site Neutrois Outpost defined neutrois as a transsexual nonbinary identity: "A Neutrois is someone who identifies as being non-gendered and seeks to lose the major physical signifiers that indicate gender to others (breasts, facial and body hair, crotch bulges, etc). Neutrois are not androgynes, but do pursue an androgynous appearance. They are uniquely bound by their gender dysphoria in that they find both male and female orientations wrong. Because of this, transitioning from an assigned gender, to either male, or female identities is not an acceptable solution. [...] Neutrois are trying to lose gender traits, not gain new ones."[2]

Similarly, Micah of Neutrois Nonsense defines neutrois as a transsexual identity that moves away from familiar gender markers: "Transition is a process of subtraction: a neutrois wishes to get rid of any and all gendered characteristics so as to achieve as neutral a body as possible. Physical transition may consist primarily in the removal of primary and/or secondary sex characteristics, such as genitals or breasts and body hair. Because the concept and identity of neutrois is relatively new, not all neutrois have undergone surgery, or even seriously want to undergo surgery or physical transition yet."[10]

Neutrois people can have had any gender assigned at birth. As such, some neutrois transition in a direction that is female-to-neutrois (FTN), and others are male-to-neutrois (MTN).[2] A self-described FTN neutrois person can be seen using these terms in a newsgroup post in 1997, while talking about their gender dysphoria and their physical transition plans.[11]

Other uses of neutrois[edit | edit source]

Some people who have adopted it, or defined it, have given it additional definitions that are different than, or at odds with, its original and main use.

According to, there are currently two main definitions of neutrois: 1. Neutrois people use the word to mean that they have a gender identity that is neither male nor female, but neutral.[12] 2. Other neutrois people use the word to mean that they have no internal sense of gender identity. In this latter definition, it's a synonym for agender or genderless.[12]

Some consider neutrois to be a form of transsexuality. Some neutrois people feel gender dysphoria, and some don't. Some neutrois people seek to physically transition to an ambiguous, androgynous, or neutral gender expression, whereas some don't seek this.[12][10]

Some use the word neutrois as a synonym of agender or genderless, whereas others say these words mean completely different things, and are not interchangeable words.[12] For more information on this dispute, see Difference between genderless and neutrois.

Similar genders[edit | edit source]

According to Neutrois Outpost, neutrois isn't another word for androgyne, and the difference between neutrois people and androgynes is gender dysphoria: "While Neutrois seek an androgynous appearance, androgynes aren't Neutrois because being Neutrois involves gender dysphoria. Androgynes don't necessarily have any difficulties with their gender identities."[3] The origin of the word androgyne means "male-female," such as a person who is a mix of male and female. For this reason, some neutrois people don't want to also be called androgynes, because their gender identity is an absence of male and female, not a mix of both male and female. Neutrois Nonsense says, "Neutrois is not androgyne, it's quite the opposite. Androgyny is a combination of female and male characteristics, while neutrois is an elimination of them."[10]

While these are only some definitions for androgyne, which itself has many meanings that are not agreed upon, this still highlights that people adopt the word "neutrois" for themselves because they feel the word "androgyne" has meanings that don't suit them.

Depending on which definition a person uses for neutrois, some other gender identity labels have a similar meaning. If one defines neutrois as having a gender identity that is not female or male, it can mean much the same as aporagender or maverique. However, these have their own nuances of meaning.

Symbols[edit | edit source]

These are some symbols that have been used or proposed for neutrois.

Notable neutrois people[edit | edit source]

See main article: Notable nonbinary people

There are many more notable people who have a gender identity outside of the binary. The following are only some of those notable people who specifically use the word "neutrois" for themselves.

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Neutrois characters in fiction[edit | edit source]

See main article: Nonbinary gender in fiction

There are many more nonbinary characters in fiction who have a gender identity outside of the binary. The following are only some of those characters who are specifically called by the word "neutrois," either in their canon, or by their creators.

  • The protagonist of the comic Unity by fluffy is called "neutrois" in the canon.
  • In a short sci-fi story by Benjanun Sriduangkaew, "Silent Bridge, Pale Cascade" (2013), one of the characters is described as a "neutrois," and called by "they" pronouns.[13][14]

External links[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. This quote is a snippet from an answer to the survey conducted in the year 2018. Note for editors: the text of the quote, as well as the name, age and gender identity of its author shouldn't be changed.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "What are neutrois?". Neutrois Outpost. 11 November 2000. Archived from the original on 2 March 2001. Unknown parameter |editors= ignored (help)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Frequently Asked Questions". Neutrois Outpost. 23 November 2000. Archived from the original on 7 March 2001. Unknown parameter |editors= ignored (help)
  4. Conlan, Mark Gabrish (17 July 2011). "Red: "Non-Binary" Person Rejects Male/Female Gender Duality". Indybay. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  5. Cottle, J.M. (16 July 2011). "Hallelujah, it's raining labels". Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  6. Richards, Christina; Barker, Meg (2013). Sexuality and Gender for Mental Health Professionals: A Practical Guide. SAGE Publications. ISBN 9781446293133.
  7. Facebook sex changes: which one of 50 genders are you?. The Daily Telegraph. February 14, 2014.
  8. Jackman, Josh (5 January 2018). "Washington to recognise third gender in groundbreaking move". PinkNews. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  9. "WAC 246-490-075: Changing sex designation on a birth certificate". Washington State Legislature. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Micah. "Define".
  11. Auden, "Comments on the group." January 17, 1997. (newsgroup).
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 "What is Neutrois?". Retrieved 12 May 2021.
  13. MacFarlane, Alex Dally (3 June 2014). "Post-Binary Gender in SF: ExcitoTech and Non-Binary Pronouns". Retrieved 12 May 2021.
  14. Sriduangkaew, Benjanun (December 2013). "Silent Bridge, Pale Cascade". Clarkesworld Magazine. Retrieved 12 May 2021.