If representation matters, then pirates rejoice! According to Emojipedia, Unicode, the company that makes the emojis revolutionizing the way we communicate, has released a brand new set of emojis as part of the new iOS update. This new pack includes supervillains, superheroes, redheads, feet and a pirate flag. But still no trans, bisexual or asexual pride flags!
— Emojipedia 📙🎃 (@Emojipedia) October 30, 2018
I don’t know about y’all, but I encounter way more trans people in my life than I do pirates!!!
A trans flag emoji is something that’s been at the top of many people’s wishlists for sometime. If you need evidence, just search Twitter. (There’s also a Change.org petition asking for the trans flag emoji to be released at some point, as well.)
This 💯% Always. The LGBTQIAP+ community is a strong force. And in my opinion, not one to be reckoned with. I support my Trans brothers and sisters. 🏳️🌈(because there is no trans flag emoji) pic.twitter.com/TiQpRyl5SB
— Casey Wall (@CWallsWorld) October 24, 2018
But once again, no trans flag emoji. The closest thing in this group is pink and blue DNA. 🦞🦞🦞🦞🦞🦞🦞🦞🦞
— Lynnea of Heaven (@OfHeavenRaqia) October 30, 2018
— Jenna won’t be erased ❤️🏳️🌈❤️ (@SleekNinjaMonk) October 30, 2018
Waiting for the trans and bi flag emoji update like pic.twitter.com/377ho1yjhM
— lorena QTPOCake (@lorenacupcake) October 26, 2018
Some people even tied the lack of trans pride flag emoji to the recent #WontBeErased hashtag, which became popular on social media after news broke that a Trump administration memorandum threatened to erase transgender people’s existence at the federal level by adjusting its definition of gender.
This my petition for a Trans Pride Flag emoji. We #WontBeErased , we are here, loud and proud 💙💗💜💚
— Sara (@magicalmysterys) October 22, 2018
Anyway, surely at this point, if there’s a pirate flag, we can get some representation for some other specific groups in the LGBTQ community, right?