More inclusive emojis are here as The Unicode Consortium recently revealed 117 emojis for 2020 as part of Emoji 13.0.
The set of emojis has 62 new inclusive emojis with 55 gender and skin tone variants and includes the transgender flag, a woman in a tuxedo and also, a gender-neutral Santa Claus. If this impressed you, there are more such emojis – a person in a veil, hugging people, bubble tea and a pinched finger gesture, among others. The icons also acknowledge climate change with a Polar Bear, a Seal and a Dodo.
The website, Emojipedia, part of The Unicode Consortium, mentioned in a blog post – “Variations of existing emojis now approved for 2020 include a woman or gender-inclusive person in a tuxedo, as well as a gender-neutral person or a man in a veil (both were changes proposed by Google). These, along with other approved emojis, will be coming to phones later this year.”
Last year, several emojis depicting same-sex couples and gender-neutral emojis were added but The Unicode Consortium received flak for not including the transgender flag. This time around, the emoji has been approved. After The Unicode Consortium approves a set of emojis, tech giants like Apple, Google and Microsoft apply their stylised versions.
Twitterati couldn’t stop reacting to this great news about inclusive emojis – most of them hailed this move.
— Bruce Triggs (@AccordionBruce) January 31, 2020
— Bryan Hardbarger ? #IndictTrump (@Nyrhalahotep) January 30, 2020
The transflag FINALLY made it!!! https://t.co/r4HNqivC9T
— Lapis Nara (@ShoujoNara) January 30, 2020
— Stevie Lane (@StevieMLane) January 30, 2020
— SHE IS HERE (@SheIsHereOrg) January 31, 2020
That transflag is just so cute. We need more queer flags y'all.
Also, the genderqueer sign is such a step forward ?? https://t.co/ReNzqBQDqa
— Esmée (GIVEAWAY PINNED) (@ServillasSpeaks) January 29, 2020
As of now, no release dates have been confirmed for the new inclusive emojis on different operating systems, although they will roll out later in the year when new versions of Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android software are released to the public. Inclusive emojis are certainly one of the better pieces of news we have come across in 2020, agreed?!