Neutrois is a highly-debated, relatively new and sometimes controversial non-binary gender identity. Given the controversy around this identity, defining it becomes difficult, but not impossible. Under the neutrois umbrella term there are different types of neutrois gender identity experience that can give us just enough of a clue as to how to define it. An individual who identifies as neutrois must feel some sort of absence or lack of gender.

The term neutrois was created by H.A. Burnham, a self-identified neutrois, in 1995. This neologism is believed to come from the French word for neutral, neuter, and the French word for three: trois. The neologism signifies, in its most literal way as third gender. In 2000, a famous neutrois blog identified the word a transsexual nonbinary identity. So, initially, it was the general notion that to hold this identity you had to feel the need for your body to look androgynous. Later on, as the word was adopted by people who did not feel any dysphoria or discomfort with their bodies.

This makes this particular gender identity very peculiar and hard to define. According to neutrois.com, there are two main definitions of the word as of today:

  • Some individuals use the word to signify that they have a gender identity that is neutral and, hence, an identity that is outside of the traditional female-male gender binary.
  • Another group of individuals uses the word to signify that they have no inner sense of gender identity and synonymous to agender or genderless non-binary identities.

Although the ways that neutrois individuals experience their identity vary greatly, it is important to remember that dysphoria –extreme and intense discomfort with one’s gender and/or body– does not necessarily come with being neutrois. A lot of neutrois people identify as such although they have none of the discomforts that come with dysphoria.

Some of the non-binary identities that can be placed under the neutrois umbrella are agender, genderless, null-gender, gender neutral, etc. But it’s important to remember that a neutrois individual may also fall into a transsexual identity and hence have a neutrois gender identity as well. The neutrois identity might continue to be a controversial for a long time, but there is something undeniable: any individual that identifies as neutrois deserves respect towards their gender identity just like we all do.

 

Additional Resources:

  • 1)Neutrois.com – one of the best and most reliable websites on the topic
  • 2)Neutrois, entry in http://www.nonbinary.org/wiki/Neutrois.
  • 3)Neutrois Nonsense, where famous and respected Mexican blogger, published writer and educator on transgender identities creates awareness, supports other neutrois and chronicles his experiences: http://neutrois.me/.