Maverique is a non-binary gender identity that is defined by autonomy and conviction about one's inner sense of self. It is not related to or derived from manhood or womanhood, but also is not neutrois or agender.
Maverique is a combination of the word "maverick" and the French suffix "-ique". Two definitions for maverick include "a lone dissenter [...] who takes an independent stand apart from [their] associates" and "unorthodox, unconventional, or nonconformist". The suffix "-ique" is used to form adjectives from nouns, though it had been noted that maverique can be used as both a noun and an adjective.
The intended pronunciation for maverique is “mav-REEK," making it rhyme with words like “antique”.
- Yellow: Independent from other genders. Yellow was chosen because it is a primary color, which means that it cannot be obtained from combining other colors, similar to how maverique is not derivative of other genders.
- White: Autonomy and independence, especially from the gender binary
- Orange: Inner conviction in regard to one's gender
- Main article: Agender
Both agender and maverique are gender identities that are separate from the binary genders. However, agender is usually defined as having no gender at all, while maverique is its own particular feeling of gender.
- Main article: Aporagender
Aporagender is a gender identity that is separate from man, woman, and anything in between. Both aporagender and maverique were coined around the same time by different people, however they are still each their own distinct identity. One of the big differences is that aporagender can be used as an umbrella term for various identities, as well as a standalone gender. Meanwhile, maverique is a unique gender of its own, separate from aporagender. Hence, some people may identify as both terms.
- Main article: Neutrois
Neutrois is sometimes confused with maverique, since both are genders that are distinct from the binary genders. However, neutrois is a gender identity that is typically described as being neutral or null, especially in relation to the binary genders. In comparison, maverique was specifically created by Vesper H because the gender neutrality aspect of neutrois did not fit with how their gender felt to themselves.
- Hardell, Ash. The ABC's of LGBT+. Mango Media Inc., 2016. ISBN 9781633534087.