Unicode, Google and Facebook: Why is there still no Transgender flag emoji?
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What’s more important: the trans community or a lobster?
The answer should be obvious, but this is just one of the many emojis that Unicode (which Facebook, Google and Apple are voting members of) has chosen instead of the trans flag for the last update.
Even though it’s one of the most requested emojis.
Emojis are a way for the world to connect, and trans people shouldn’t be left out of the conversation.
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. Imagine if that was your gender.
Surely we deserve the same rights you have afforded crustaceans?
Especially as a community so often faced with violence and discrimination.
Please give our trans mothers, brothers, fathers, sisters and friends the love they deserve.
P.S. In a twist of fate: Lobsters can actually be Gynandromorphs (an organism that contains both male and female characteristics). So we’re going to take it as our symbol, until we get the Trans emoji we deserve.
We would also like to give a huge thanks for everyone that helped make this video possible by donating their time and talent:
Animation by YLLW Studio
DOP : Jomar O’meally
Sound Design: Stuart Allen-Hynd
Music Feels So Right by Blayre Mic
Massive thanks to Zoe Hart at A&G sync and Dane Bradshaw.
Also a big thank you to Jungle studios
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