Neutrois is a non-binary gender identity that is associated with having a neutral or null gender. It is an umbrella term, with each individual experiencing neutrois differently. Common definitions include feeling neutrally gendered – feeling neither male, female, nor anything in between, but still feeling strongly gendered (similar to aporagender).
Another common definition is feeling null-gendered, genderless or agender – some genderless individuals may identify as both agender and neutrois, while others may prefer one term or the other. Neutrois and agender are occasionally used interchangeably. Neutrois individuals may also identify as transgender.
There is debate on how to pronounce "neutrois", though the three most common pronunciations include "'new-twa' (with a guttural ‘r’), 'new-troys', and 'new-trohs.'"
Neutrois vs. Agender
There is little agreement about the exact difference between terms such as agender and neutrois. Some individual use these terms interchangeably, but for others there is a difference between these terms. The most often cited difference is that agender is the experience of having no gender at all, whereas neutrois is the experience of having a gender identity, but that gender identity is not male/masculine or female/feminine, but instead neutral.
The word neutrois was coined by a neutrois individual named H. A. Burnham, in 1995. The word neutrois is presumably made from a combination of the French word neutre, meaning "neutral" or "neuter", and the French suffix -ois, which is used to denote a specific group of people (such as Québécois). Or alternatively, the French word trois, "three", as in third gender.
Flag and Symbols
The colors meaning of the neutrois flag are as follows: White represents being neutral, unidentified, or questioning gender. Dark chartreuse green is the inverse of lavender, a mix of pink and blue, showing that is not female or male. Black is for being agender or genderless.
The neutrois/gender neutral symbol appears to have been designed by a group of non-binary Brazilians in 2014. It is similar in design to the male and female symbols, with a circle and a line (⚲), but it lacks any prongs, showing that it is a null or neutral gender. The symbol can be shown facing upwards or downwards. Agender symbols are sometimes used interchangeably as neutrois symbols.