Gender-neutral Santa and man in a wedding dress emojis named among 118 new icons for 2020


These icons show a woman in a tuxedo followed Mx Claus and a man wearing a wedding veil (Picture: Emojipedia)
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A new list of inclusive emojis including a gender-neutral Santa icon called Mx Claus have been revealed.

In total, 117 icons will be released including the transgender flag and a man in a wedding dress.

Other emojis will include bubble tea, bottle-feeding parents and a ‘smiling face with tear’ to express your mixed-up maelstrom of happy/ sad emotion.

The veil-wearing groom and Mx Claus icons are available due to an update which lets you choose the gender of the people shown in the emoticons. We already have the ability to select their skin colour.

One of the most popular emojis will be the ‘pinched fingers’ image which has already been dubbed the ‘Italian hand gesture’.

This iconic hand move featured in the recent ‘Italian AOC meme’ which showed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez performing it during a Senate hearing.

The new icons in all their tiny glory (Picture: Emojipedia)
Because who hasn’t spent their life waiting for the arrival of an accordion emoji? (Picture: Emojipedia)
The icons will soon arrive on your phone (Picture: Emojipedia)

The Unicode Foundation introduced its new icons as part of an update called Emoji 13.0.

It’s up to individual manufacturers to introduce the emojis, but they are likely to roll out in the second half of 2020.

Explaining the new ‘gender-inclusive’ options, Emojipedia editor-in-chief Jeremy Burge wrote: ‘This has been achieved by reclassifying the previous emojis for “man in tuxedo” and ‘bride with veil’ as gender-neutral.

‘Future software updates will show these with an ambiguous gender, and rename them to ‘person in tuxedo’ and ‘person with veil’ respectively.

‘New sequences in Emoji 13.0 permit a choice of a woman or man for either the tuxedo or veil-wearing emojis.

‘During this transition, current platforms will continue to show the older, gendered appearance for these emojis, until the new gendered sequences are implemented on iOS, Android, and other apps later in 2020.

‘First pushed by Google in early 2019, having three choices for human emojis (person – with no gender specified, or options for a woman or man) avoids issues where some emojis have a woman, man, or an ambiguous gender.

‘Many of these decisions are a relic of much earlier emoji releases, such as the gender pair of a bride being a man in tuxedo, which previously prevented there from being the option of a woman wearing the same clothing.’





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