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Interracial LGBTI couple emojis are coming to phone screens this year

Interracial LGBTI couple emojis are coming to phone screens this year

interracial LGBTI couple emojis

Interracial opposite, same-sex, and non-binary couple emojis have been announced today (5 March).

Unicode is responsible for defining which emojis make onto all platforms, including Apple and Android devices and computers.

In rows of different colored polos, tops and skirts, the couples will be rolled out later this year.

After 50,000 people signed their petition, Tinder successfully campaigned for the new emojis which Unicode will design.

How do the emojis look?

They will be separate emojis altogether, with four combinations of gender and all the various combinations of skintones.

This tallies up to a total of 71 new emoji variations.

Behind Tinder’s campaign, launched last year, was a video featuring an array of LGBTI and heterosexual couples which chalked up nearly 1.5 million views.

CMO of Tinder Jenny Campbell said: ‘The success of our Interracial Couple Emoji campaign shows how powerful the voices are of the more than 50,000 people who joined our cause by signing our petition.

‘Together, we effected change and ensured visual representation for interracial couples around the world.

‘I couldn’t be more proud of this incredibly positive outcome.’

Interracial couple emojis
A small line-up of the 71 couple combinations | Picture: Unicode

This follows last months’ announcement of hand-holding non-binary couple emojis.

Racism within the LGBTI community

Many will welcome the interracial couple emojis, but some feel progress is still far off.

Twitter user Karim spoke to Gay Star News about the visibility of interracial queer couples.

He tweeted earlier this week: ‘Let’s talk about how gays use black men for sex but won’t actually date them.’

Other users voiced their agreement and flooded the thread with pictures of themselves in adorable interracial relationships.

Karim said: ‘I’m glad to know I’m not crazy as more people than I expected agreed with me concerning the issue.’

Racism within the LGBTI community is a big issue, with many queer people of color (QPOC) encountering prejudice on dating apps.

One study concluded apps that allow users to filter ethnicity re-enforce discrimination and increase fetishization of QPOC.

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