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A Transgender Pride Flag Emoji Is Finally on Its Way

It's about time!

Get ready to fire off some 🔥 trans-inclusive text messages, because a transgender Pride flag emoji is finally on the way.

As Business Insider reports, more than 100 new emojis have been approved for Emoji v13.0 by Unicode Consortium, the tech group that sets the industry standard for emoji options across different platforms and devices. Among those additions is a trans Pride flag emoji, meant to resemble trans activist Monica Helms' iconic design with five stripes: two blue, two pink, and one white.

Although Unicode approved a rainbow LGBTQ Pride flag back in 2016, the group angered transgender activists by taking its sweet time to sign off on a similar option for members of the trans and gender nonconforming community.

In August 2018, one frustrated trans activist even created a Change.org petition urging Unicode to add a trans Pride flag to its roster after the company approved a lobster design, but not a trans Pride emblem.

"Unicode granted the Lobster emoji proposal, which argued that people suffered ‘frustration and confusion’ at having to use a shrimp or crab emoji in instead of a lobster," the petition reads. "Imagine if that was your gender."

Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images

WASHINGTON DC, UNITED STATES - 2019/10/08: A giant Trans Flag unfurled outside the Supreme Court. 133 protesters were arrested blocking the street across the Supreme Court in an act of non violent civil disobedience, as hundreds of LGBTQ+ advocates convened in Washington, DC for a national day of action as a community response to the landmark Supreme Court hearings that could legalize workplace discrimination, primarily against LGBTQ+ people, on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender presentation. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Other emojis that scored Unicode's seal of approval this year include gender-neutral variants of select emojis that already exist, like the person in a tuxedo and the person in a veil.

Hoping to finally text your friends with that much-anticipated trans Pride flag? Luckily, you won't have to wait much longer: Unicode's full suite of Emoji v13.0 additions will hit smartphones and other devices everywhere sometime in 2020.

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