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New emoji include the transgender flag

 Science & IT Desk

 Published: 01:43 PM, 30 January 2020   Updated: 04:48 PM, 30 January 2020

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

A new batch of emojis to be released in 2020 includes the transgender flag and symbol.  

Recently, a total of 117 new emoji were approved for release this year by the Unicode Consortium, a non-profit organisation based in California, that is responsible for choosing the emojis for Apple and Android devices. 

Earlier in 2019, it released emojis of same-sex couples but received some criticism for not including the transgender flag, which is now being added. 

The latest release was met with a mostly positive response on social media.

As well as more gender-inclusive symbols, the Emoji 13.0 additions include:

* a set of pinched fingers to symbolise a common Italian hand gesture 

* anatomical heart and lungs 

* hugging people 

* a fondue pot 

* bubble tea 

* ninjas

* bottle-feeding parents

The new emoji include gender-neutral Santa

But there were complaints on social media that the new emojis were still not inclusive enough of racial diversity. Some on Twitter said they should have included symbols of mixed-race families and a wider range of hairstyles.

No specific date was given for when the emojis would be released.