WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A new set of emojis will be approved this year by the Unicode Consortium.
- Emoji developers released emoji teasers of a pregnant man and pregnant person which sought to acknowledge trans pregnancies.
- The most anticipated emoji is a melting yellow smiley face, according to a fan-based poll.
Reference website Emojipedia on Thursday released its new ‘emoji designs’ that feature pregnant men as it bids to represent more types of pregnancies spanning the transgender community.
The proposed designs were suggested to be implemented later this year once approved. Last Saturday, in commemoration of World Emoji Day, developers published “a look at what the next emoji update might bring.”
The Pregnant Man and Pregnant Person emojis, which were among the finalists, “recognize that pregnancy is possible for some transgender men and non-binary people.” They were suggested to be added to the pool of available Pregnant Women emojis.
A nonprofit group, the Unicode Consortium ━ an organization that manages emoji standards across all devices ━ will be the one to approve the new set of emoji additions in September. The actual rollout of the new designs would be made available on various platforms months following the approval.
For the most anticipated draft emoji, a melting face showing a yellow smiley face in mid-melt garnered the highest vote with 13.7 percent in a recent fan-voted poll. On one hand, the Pregnant Man landed in sixth place after getting 5.3 percent support.
Last April, Unicode Consortium said that the release of the emoji version 14.0 would be delayed from March to September due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Under the current circumstances we’ve heard that our contributors have a lot on their plates at the moment and decided it was in the best interests of our volunteers and the organizations that depend on the standard to push out our release date. This year we simply can’t commit to the same schedule we’ve adhered to in the past,” Consortium president Mark Davis said at the time.