Gone are the days when people had no option but to hide their sexual orientation or keep their feelings for a member of the same sex to themselves. After the Supreme Court striking down Section 377 last year, many members of LGBTQAI+ (Lesbain, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Asexual and Intersex, also called LGBT) community finally felt like they could be themselves.
In another step towards providing the transgender community with equal representation, the list of new emojis to be released on smartphones in 2020 has a transgender flag and symbol. Isn’t that cool? Finally ceding to the LGTBQ advocates, the slew of new emojis that will be released this year will have additional representation for the community.
The Unicode Consortium is the group that sets the industry standards for emojis across several platforms, and it has just announced the finalised a total of 117 new Emoji characters that will be introduced in 2020. The inclusion of such emojis was long overdue and has got us really excited. The finalised flag emoji looks super cute and is made up of light blue, pink and white stripes.
While gender-specific emojis have been there since a while, the addition of the LGBTQ-inclusive emojis has been a small but important stride when it comes to inclusivity and representation for the community. And why not? After all, we all belong to a generation that is always online.
There was a little celebration on Twitter as soon as the Unicode Consortium announced the addition of the transgender flag. Here’s what netizens wrote:
ATTENTION!— Caleb Eubanks (@calebteubanks) January 29, 2020
The Transgender symbol and flag are coming to emoji keyboards.
The Transgender symbol and flag are coming to emoji keyboards. ❤️ https://t.co/d2KegRDkuM
Well done! All that hardwork has paid off 👏— Rob McDowall 🏴 🏳️🌈 (@robmcd85) January 29, 2020
Great news! This has taken waaaaay too long. Now onto the other Pride flags.— Gwyneth Brain (@gwyneth_brain) January 29, 2020
Well, we definitely share their excitement!
Besides the transgender flag and symbol, we will also be able to use some gender-neutral and gender-inclusive options for existing emojis. From a more gender-neutral person in a veil to a woman in a tuxedo and a man holding a baby, there are several such emojis which will enable people to express themselves in a more inclusive way. The Emoji 13.0 additions also include a smiling face with a tear, magic wand, black cat, anatomical hearts and lungs, a fondue pot, hugging people, polar bear and bubble tea.
While you can expect to use these emojis soon, no particular date has been given for when exactly the emojis would be released. However, reports suggest that they will come to smartphones sometime in the second half of the year.
Who's excited to use the new emojis?
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