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Facebook celebrates Pride with 28 new gay emoticons

Facebook celebrates Pride with 28 new gay emoticons

Facebook is kicking off Pride this month by launching a series of LGBT-themed emoticons.

With President Barack Obama declaring June the official Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, Facebook has introduced a ‘Pride’ pack to its messenger service.

These 28 different emoticons include a football player and his boyfriend, two moms and their kids, a dad embracing his gay son.

There’s also a leather guy walking his leather puppy, a disco dancer and a drag queen that might just be RuPaul.

As reported by NewNowNext, a Facebook Diversity spokesman said: ‘We’re celebrating Pride by adding these free Facebook Messenger stickers to the Sticker Store.

‘We see this as one more way we can make Facebook a place where people can express their authentic identity. Happy Pride!’

If you’d like to check out the full collection, head to Facebook, click on the smiley face button in the right hand corner and then the shopping cart. The ‘Pride’ pack should be free and one of the first choices. Click on the ‘free’ button, and they’re yours.

Facebook can normally be relied on to be supportive of the LGBTI community.

For example, earlier this year the company expanded their gender options to over 50. This allowed users to identify themselves as they wish.

But last month, the social networking giant admitted it ‘made a mistake’ when it decided to pull down a picture of two lesbians kissing.

Check out some of the emoticons below: