Thanks for quoting me in this piece mentioned below, Portland Press Herald (@PressHerald).
I agree with the sentiments of the artists (Charlie_Craggs) starting this movement – Emoji is (has become) more than just a character set. Inclusion and exclusions of significant parts of society can be reflective of bias:
“Emojis are a way for the world to connect and trans people shouldn’t be left out of the conversation,” the group said. “Unicode granted the lobster emoji proposal, which argued that people suffered ‘frustration and confusion’ at having to use a shrimp or crab emoji instead of a lobster. Imagine if that was your gender. Surely we deserve the same rights you have afforded crustaceans?”
And, it’s great that the orginators of the lobster emoji campaign also support inclusion:
“Lobster is for everyone,” the Cape Elizabeth native said by email. “So until Unicode does right by the trans community, we fully support using the lobster emoji to advocate for their right to be represented.”
My quotes are accurate; as a physician, humanist, person working to help the 🌎 learn to ❤️ better, they are an extension of what I say, which is, equality equals health, visibility equals life.
Comments welcome and here’s a video from the campaign. Feel free to review the proposal itself to Unicode, from which we continue to be met with silence.
In the meantime, they are pushing an online petition for their own pink-and-blue emoji.