The Brief: NB and enby are shorthand for non-binary.


NB and enby are an abbreviations for “non-binary.” These terms refer to someone whose gender does not adhere to the gender binary of man/woman or male/female. Other non-binary gender terms include agender, genderqueer, and bigender.

People who are non-binary may use the pronouns they/them/their, xir/xem/xeir, ze/zir/zem, she/her/hers, he/him/his, or a combination of one or more pronouns. The best way to figure out which pronouns to use for someone is to share your own and politely ask for theirs.