Transgender Pride Flag Emoji Submission for inclusion in the Unicode Standard for 2018

Updates

Update 1: June 30, 2017

Thank you again for your proposal. This is just a status-update. The emoji subcommittee needs a larger discussion about how to handle different types of flags. Your proposal is being held with some others pending outcome of that discussion.

Update 2: July 7, 2017

Thank you again for your proposal. This is just a status-update. The emoji subcommittee needs a larger discussion about how to handle different types of flags. Your proposal is being held with some others pending outcome of that discussion.


Transgender Pride Flag Emoji Submission

Proposal

Emoji Proposal – Transgender Pride Flag – Download (pdf)

As the title of the post says, this is the official submission to Unicode for the Transgender Pride Flag Emoji.

Monica Helms, the creator of the Transgender Pride Flag, is a signatory on the submission 🙂 .

The transgender pride flag signifies visibility in a world that’s learning to love better. A sticker may seem like a small innovation but it means a lot to a community that’s been marginalized.

This year at Capital Trans Pride, we lamented that the only emojis we could send to each other are the rainbow pride flag.

“My reason for wanting a trans flag emoji is so that a trans individual can feel a sense of belonging and visibility when using technology to communicate.”
Bianca Rey (@BiancaRey), Co-Chair, Capital Trans Pride, Washington, DC (Trans Pride Sticker Set Site)

If you don’t like the news, go make your own. Hopefully the news will be good. Feel free to review the submission and provide us with your comments.

More people with health care = more humans living authentically and able to help the world learn to ❤️ better. Isn't this century great? equalitymarch2017 #EqualityEqualsHealth #dc #WeareDC trans.equalityy
More people with health care = more humans living authentically and able to help the world learn to ❤️ better. Isn’t this century great? @equalitymarch2017 #EqualityEqualsHealth #dc #WeareDC @trans.equalityy (View on Flickr.com)

Photo Friday: Meet Me at the Corner of Free Love & Marriage Equality – #SummerOfLoveSF @DeYoungMuseum

2017.07.20 San Francisco People and Places, California, USA 7502
2017.07.20 San Francisco People and Places, California, USA 7502 (View on Flickr.com)

This week’s photograph was taken at San Francisco’s de Young Museum @DeYoungMuesum, while on vacation, of the The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll | de Young.

When you walk towards the museum, you’re greeted with light posts that show how much the world has learned to love better, and also how much farther it will need to go. I’m sure that 50 years ago a person could be arrested in this park for seeking the company of someone of the same sex. Now, it’s the law of the land that they must be able to live happily ever after.

Best All Gender Restroom implementation I have ever seen

I also spied the best implementation of all gender restrooms I have ever seen, better than even the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Why? Because the Museum didn’t hire a construction crew to make their bathrooms safe, they used education. The simplest innovations are always the best.

Rest of my photographs are below. Nice view of the new Salesforce tower rising above San Francisco, as well as the UCSF Parnassus campus.

Thank you for a truly inclusive experience, impressive even from where I live, in the future. Have I ever mentioned that I love this century?

#SummerOfLoveSF @deyoungmuseum #lifeincolor360 #sf #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Thanks for publishing my photo of #ProtectTransWomen @TheConversationUS, in Everyday makers defy populists’ false promise to embody ‘your voice’

2017.03.15 #ProtectTransWomen Day of Action, Washington, DC USA 01530
2017.03.15 #ProtectTransWomen Day of Action, Washington, DC USA 01530 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for publishing my photograph, The Conversation (@TheConversationUS) on this piece on populism. It was taken on an extremely cold day in Washington, DC at an event, the #ProtectTransWomen Day of Action (see: Photo Friday: Are Patients Human Beings? (Answer is YES) #TDOV Washington, DC USA)

The description in the article fits the leaders I spent time with that day. Very exceptional. Rest of the photos from that day are below.

The only exceptional leaders we need today are the ones who help us to govern and take care of ourselves.Source: Everyday makers defy populists’ false promise to embody ‘your voice’

Thanks for publishing my photo of the @DCStreetcar, @ggwash in a chance to shape the future of transportation in our region

2017.04.04 The Apollo on H Street NE Washington, DC USA 02180
2017.04.04 The Apollo on H Street NE Washington, DC USA 02180 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for publishing my photo, Greater Greater Washington (@ggwash) in the below-referenced post. It’s of the Washington, DC streetcar (@DCStreetcar), in service since last year, on H Street NE, which has undergone tremendous change (many posts on my blog about this). The photograph is taken from a new building, The Apollo (@TheApolloDC).

Do you have ideas for how to improve how residents get around in the Washington region? Maybe you’d like to add a crosswalk or you have ideas for reducing congestion at a specific intersection. You can help direct the future of transportation planning in the our area.Source: Here’s a chance to shape the future of transportation in our region – Greater Greater Washington

Thanks for publishing my photos, @DailyDot, in Gender Identity: How Do the Experts Define Gender Identity?

2016.05.21 Capital TransPride Washington DC USA 0365
2016.05.21 Capital TransPride Washington DC USA 0365 (View on Flickr.com)

But what is gender identity exactly, and how does it differ from the sex a person is assigned at birth? Why aren’t these terms interchangeable? What does it mean to be male, and what does it mean to be female? Turns out, there’s a pretty straightforward answer behind an often complicated subject.Gender Identity: How Do the Experts Define Gender Identity?

Thanks for using my photos, Daily Dot (@DailyDot) in this piece providing helpful information about gender identity, a confusing concept to some, including physicians. I reviewed the piece and would recommend it to others.

I especially appreciate that they’ve chosen images depicting leadership and joy in this community. The image above is of community leader SaVanna Wanzer, from Capital TransPride 2016. I wrote about SaVanna in this piece: #WhatAHeroLooks like: 27 Years of DC Black Pride.

The other photo that DailyDot used is of JaeLee Waldschmidt, taken in 2015. JaeLee is also a community hero (as well as a nuclear submarine engineer) who I got to reunion with at this year’s 2017 Capital Pride celebration in Washington, DC (see: July 2017: What am I doing now? for that image)

Trans Solidarity Rally and March 55401
Trans Solidarity Rally and March 55401 (View on Flickr.com)

I’ve written previously about how this publication has taken care to respond to feedback in the interest of accuracy, compared to others (@USAToday) who do not work toward accuracy as well (see: Thanks for publishing my photo AND listening, @DailyDot, in “What Does Transgender Mean, and How Do People Transition?”). A publication, like health care, can never be perfect. It can fix its mistakes quickly, which is what makes it great.

Thanks for publishing my photo of @WhitmanWalker @NoKingsDC #LizLot #Transvisibility, @DCist in Morning Roundup: D.C.

2017.07.15 No Kings Collective 8 year anniversary block party Washington DC USA 7464
2017.07.15 No Kings Collective 8 year anniversary block party Washington DC USA 7464 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for publishing my photo @DCist. It’s of the No Kings Collective (@NoKingsDC) Anniversary Party at the LizLot, adjoining the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center on 14th Street, Northwest, Washington, DC (of course).

It was/is a great time to celebrate being seen as LGBTQ human beings and visible (including #TransVisibility) in our nation’s capital, which is what my generation of physicians came to health care to do – see people as unique individuals. Not a small coincidence (not really) that this happens in the most inclusive city in the world.

The rest of my photos from the day are below as well as a 360 view, including the chandelier… 🙂 .

Enjoy.

More information about the installation:

THE LOT AT THE LIZ IS A SUMMER LONG TEMPORARY INSTALLATION CELEBRATING THE VALUES, VISION AND HISTORY OF WHITMAN-WALKER HEALTH.

No Kings Collective has designed a temporary urban installation wrapping the space that was once home to Whitman-Walker (@WhitmanWalker) with a series of murals. Throughout the 30,000 square-foot piece, they explore core theme such as “Work It Girl,” celebrating Whitman-Walker Health’s work with the LGBTQ community. The aim of the installation is to share the stories of the health center while creating a space that reflects the values of openness, inclusion and diversity that are the epitome of Whitman-Walker. Fivesquares Development served as the catalyst for this project, showcasing support for the community vision and celebrating the city before embarking on a new chapter for the space.

Source: Morning Roundup: D.C. Ranks First In Home Flipping Across The Country: DCist

Gratiutous chandelier shot. ❤️ DC ✌️🇺🇸🌎🏳️‍🌈 #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Photo Friday: No to Bill Cosby, Yes to Pride in DC, Washington, DC USA

2017.06.26 Ben's Chili Bowl Mural, Washington, DC USA 6865
2017.06.26 Ben’s Chili Bowl Mural, Washington, DC USA 6865 (View on Flickr.com)

This week’s photograph is from the iconic Ben’s Chili Bowl, in Washington, DC USA (of course), where a beautiful new mural has replaced the one that featured Bill Cosby. The new mural was created by the same artist, Washington, DC’s Aniekan Udofia (@AniekanReloaded) who tells beautiful stories about Washington all over our city. You can read more about the mural here: Meet Aniekan Udofia, The Artist Behind The Ben’s Chili Bowl Mural: DCist.

I especially love the depiction of Eleanor Holmes Norton draped in the Washington, DC Flag.

2017.06.26 Ben's Chili Bowl Mural, Washington, DC USA 6864
2017.06.26 Ben’s Chili Bowl Mural, Washington, DC USA 6864 (View on Flickr.com)

And also how the community gets together to appreciate what we have as the place where the future is born every day, notice the people enjoying the art. <3 DC.

Amazing new @BensChiliBowl Mural. Everything ❤️ DC #NoMoreBillCosby #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA