Have you ever wanted to express yourself through emojis but never had the right ones to do so? Ate a waffle for breakfast but lacked the waffle emoji? Use a wheelchair or hard of hearing? Or, most exciting for me, in an interracial, same-sex relationship? Emojis have definitely made progress with including almost everyone except for disabled people and people in interracial relationships, but, thanks to a petition launched by Tinder, new emojis that reflect modern life will soon be available, according to Metro Weekly. This a refreshing change of pace from that homophobic (but unofficial) emoji that was making its rounds in Twitter.
The petition on Change.org that Tinder launched brought up a good point when the person who created it wrote “While emojis for people of color and same-sex couples both became a reality in 2015, one group of people is still excluded from emoji representation: interracial couples. Isn’t time all love was represented?" Because of this petition that had over 50,000 signatures, emoji creators decided that it would be a good idea to make interracial and interracial same-sex couples emojis.
I too wondered where the the interracial emojis were, considering that I'm in an interracial relationship myself. I don't typically use the couples emojis (I'm partial to the eye rolling one) the but it's nice to know that I will soon have the option to express my relationship through Unicode.
Interracial same-sex couples aren't the only new emojis being released. In addition, there will be representations of disabled people, such as a deaf person, a person in a wheelchair, and a blind person walking with a cane. In my opinion, disabled people also deserve to be represented because they are frequently left out and marginalized.
A waffle, ice cube, and an otter, among many others, are also included in this new emoji update that should be coming to multiple platforms later this year.