Every day, we get closer and closer to having better representation of diversity in tech. We aren’t quite there yet, but there’s been a BIG update that we can’t believe took this long. We already know that the emoji diversity game lags far behind what we’re seeing in the world (it’s just within the past few months that working women were added!) but, starting today, you can now use emoji to represent interracial couples.
Yeah, seriously, it’s a thing that wasn’t possible until now. The new emoji represent a wide range of diverse couples — even same-sex, interracial couples. Woot woot! Unfortunately, the interracial couples aren’t part of the Unicode Consortium’s official emoji pack (the standard emoji that everybody has).
They’re part of a promotion for the movie Loving, out in theaters in November. The movie is about Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who had to fight for their right to be married all the way to the Supreme Court in 1967. Because of their legal battles, a law in Virginia that prohibited interracial marriage was overturned. We think there’s no better 21st century way to honor the couple’s struggle than by normalizing representation of interracial couples.
What other emoji do we need to see? Let us know @BritandCo!