Transgender Pride Flag Emoji – FINAL FOR 2020!

Transgender Pride Flag Emoji – Adopted by Unicode January, 2020 – Information for Media

The Transgender Pride Flag Emoji is now in Unicode Emoji 13.0

Announced January 29, 2020

Information for members of the media

  • Link to the official proposal that was adopted by Unicode.
  • Full list of authors from the official proposal (alphabetical order)
    • Alda Vigdís Skarphéðinsdóttir (she, hers), Berlin, Germany (Independent software consultant) – @AldaVigdis
    • Bianca Rey (she, hers), Washington, DC, USA (Chair, Capital TransPride) – @​BiancaRey
    • Chad Cipiti (he, him), Washington, DC, USA (Capital TransPride Producers) – @​chaddashwick
    • Hannah Simpson (she, hers), Washington, DC USA (Writer, speaker, comedian, advocate) – ​@Hannsimp
    • Monica Helms (she, hers), Atlanta, GA, USA (creator of the Transgender Pride Flag) – ​@MF_Helms
    • Tea Uglow (she, hers), Sydney, Australia, (Google) – @​teaelleu
    • Ted Eytan, MD (he, him), Washington, DC, USA (physician, Capital TransPride Producers) – @​tedeytan
  • Additional help from:

Media Contacts

Feel free to contact me to be connected to one of the media contacts above. We request that people with lived experience (listed above) be highlighted in pieces covering this topic. I do not have lived experience as a person who is transgender.

Official Unicode announcement

The Unicode Blog: Unicode Emoji 13.0 — Now final for 2020

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SUCCESS.⁣ ⁣ Things a doctor does – partner with fellow humans to evolve human language to save lives. ⁣ ⁣ #Transgender pride flag emoji adopted into the global character set today after 2+ years, a global movement, even a full length documentary.⁣ ⁣ Because, humans: the reason we came to medicine. ⁣ #TransIsBeautiful and I wish this experience on every nurse and doctor in their lifetimes.⁣ ⁣ “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.” – @trans_inthe_city , 2017⁣ ⁣ "People shouldn’t want to kill themselves because they are different … part of feeling differently is not understanding that lots of other people actually feel the same way as you … any step towards fixing that saves lives" – @teaelleu , 2019⁣ ⁣ #transvisibility #AllHumansRespectedAndRepresented #thiscenturybestcentury #EqualityEqualsHealth #VisibilityEqualsLife #LGBTQ @capitalpridedc @capitaltranspride ⁣ ⁣ 🕊🇺🇸🇦🇺🇮🇸🌎🏳️‍🌈❤️

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History and Archive (no longer being updated)

Ongoing media, social media conversations, etc

With the release of Unicode 12, the omission of this emoji was again apparent, globally, across the social media space

I have consolidated as many of the tweets as I can capture into these twitter moments (I have to use more than one because there’s a limit of 98 tweets per moment)


Why this matters

A selection of articles, tweets, and other events in society today underscore the power of inclusion and disempowerment of exclusion. In the 1980’s it was said “Silence = Death” ; in this century we say “Visibility = Life”

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)

2018.06.09 Capital Pride Parade, Washington, DC USA 03304
2018.06.09 Capital Pride Parade, Washington, DC USA 03304 (View on

Photo Friday: Silence = Death, Visibility = Life, Washington, DC USA

All of the images and content above are @CreativeCommons licensed for use.

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A list of the posts on this blog about this topic can be found here.


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