Emojis reflecting gender non-specific couples and periods revealed

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Emojis representing periods and gender non-specific couples are going to be introduced this year.

The period emoji follows a campaign by Plan International, which had hoped to secure an emoji featuring a pair of pants with two blood drops on it.

The charity’s design was not accepted by Unicode, so Plan teamed up with NHS Blood to submit a new version – a single drop of blood – which will be released in March.

In a tweet, Plan said: “We are thrilled to announce that we are actually getting a #PeriodEmoji! It is through your support that we can now celebrate that the @unicode have announced that we will get our first ever #PeriodEmoji in March 2019.”

Some of the new emoji coming in 2019
Image: Some of the new emojis coming in 2019

Carmen Barlow, digital strategy and development manager at Plan International UK, said: “Emojis play a crucial role in our digital and emotional vocabulary, transcending cultural and country barriers. A period emoji can help normalise periods in everyday conversation.

“For an organisation like Unicode to recognise that menstruation should be represented in this new global language is a huge step towards breaking down a global culture of shame around periods.”

It joins more than 200 new emojis which are coming out this year, including gender non-specific emojis, emojis representing disabilities, and service dogs.

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Scope, the disability charity, praised the new emoji – which include people of varying skin tones in motorised and manual wheelchairs, as well as people with mobility canes, using service dogs, and an ear with a hearing aid.

The charity tweeted: “Very pleased to see more diverse representation… for disabled people.”

Some of the new animal emoji from Unicode
Image: Some of the new animal emojis from Unicode

All of the new human emojis feature skin tone variations, and there are several iterations of the gender non-specific couple, each in a different tone.

There will also be a host of new emojis for food – including falafel, butter and garlic.

Animal emojis making a debut include sloths, orangutan, flamingos and an otter.

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