Transgender Pride Flag Emoji (It Doesn’t Exist Yet – History, Update, Resubmitted March, 2019, Now in the Unicode Document Register)

Proposed Transgender Pride Flag Emoji

This is a summary of activity to date on proposing a transgender pride flag emoji symbol.

Updated March 14, 2019

Media Contacts

Feel free to contact me to be connected.

History

Ongoing media, social media conversations, etc

With the release of Unicode 12, the omission of this emoji is 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)

Update for March, 2019 – Now in the Unicode Document Register

  • Support offered in February, 2019 to review, enhance, and resubmit the proposal for the March, 2019 deadline
  • We’ve conveyed our concerns (as stated above) about the process (poor communication, favors those with corporate resources, doesn’t respect the dignity of minority populations). We’ve been told “you have allies in Unicode” 🙂
  • The new revision is posted here, here, and below
  • An additional revision was sent to Unicode with the addition of a specific footnote on March 12, 2019
  • An additional revision of the revision was sent to Unicode at their request on March 13, 2019, with the link to the ZIP file removed (to allow for posting on their site)
  • The proposal is now officially in the Unicode document register and can be found on this page, with direct link here.

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 Flickr.com)

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

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

See links below or click through here for a list. Comments and questions welcomed below.

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

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