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Woman in a tuxedo and transgender flag among new emoji for 2020

Telegraph 30 Jan 2020 11:03

The transgender flag, a woman in a tuxedo, and a gender-neutral alternative to Santa Claus will all be represented in new emoji to be released in 2020.

In total, 117 new characters and images have been approved for addition to the emoji library, regulator the Unicode Consortium announced.

The list also includes a person in a veil, a pinched finger gesture, hugging people, bubble tea and bottle-feeding parents.

The Unicode Consortium's list is the central bank of approved emoji, with companies including Apple, Google and Microsoft then applying stylised versions of the designs to their own operating systems. 

Last year, a number of same-sex couple and gender-neutral emoji were added to the library to improve representation, but there was criticism over the non-inclusion of the transgender flag – which has now been added alongside the transgender symbol.

Jeff Ingold, head of media engagement at LGBT campaigns group Stonewall, said: "Taking action to make tools of communication, like emojis, more inclusive and diverse is always a welcome step.

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