Thank you Meg Miller and @AIGAeyeondesign for publishing this wonderful piece on the work to add a transgender pride flag emoji to the character set defined by the @Unicode consortium.
As the piece indicates, this may be the most documented emoji proposal process in human history. See my blog posts for more info 🙂 .
It’s always strange seeing a chronicling of work you’ve done told soberly through they eyes of another person. Meg and team have done a good and thorough job in my opinion. The piece points out that there’s a connection between language, inclusivity, and technical rigor.
It was said to me recently that we are witnessing the evolution of language today. I agree, and that evolution will include all of humanity, as evolution tends to do.
Thanks also for publishing my photos, they show how the world is changing, from the epicenter of the future, Washington, DC.
Have I mentioned that I love this century?
Enjoy the article.
Even outside of emoji, “this is a massive problem for marginalized communities,” says Uglow, “which is that if the data does not exist, you do not exist.” The double bind made apparent through the transgender emoji approval process is that in order to create language that gives transgender people visibility, the community essentially has to prove that it exists, that they are here. “We have these very, very normative approaches to data: If something is common, then it is valid. But if you want a truly inclusive internet, you have to give people words.”
Three quarters of the way down the 2019 Unicode Document Registry, somewhere below a proposal for the Iranian symbol Faravahar (فروهر ) and just above proposals for an accordion emoji and a cockroach emoji, is L2/19-080: the Proposal for Transgender Flag Emoji. Submitted on March 14, 2019, the propo
Source: Inside the Hyper-specific Quest to Add a Transgender Emoji | | Eye on Design