Your smartphone is about to get even more inclusive. Unicode, which creates and monitors emojis, will add interracial couples to the keyboard. And somehow we have Tinder to thank for it.
The dating app launched its #representlove campaign a little over a year ago with a Change.org petition for the emoji gatekeepers.
“It may seem like there’s an emoji for everything, but that’s not the case,” it reads. “While emojis for people of color and emojis for same-sex couples both became a reality in 2015, one group of people is still excluded from emoji representation: interracial couples. Isn’t it time all love was represented?”
The petition received over 50,000 signatures and was recently accepted by Unicode and rolled out Tuesday as part of the latest update. The emoji keyboard now includes 71 new combinations of emoji couples across gender and racial difference. Up to this point, all of the couple emoji options were in the standard yellow.
“Tinder advocates for the freedom of people to live how they want to live and love who they want to love,” said Jenny Campbell, Tinder’s chief marketing officer, in a statement. “The success of our Interracial Couple Emoji campaign shows how powerful the voices are of the more than 50,000 people who joined our cause by signing our petition; together, we effected change and ensured visual representation for interracial couples around the world.”
The app said last year that it launched this campaign following research that online dating helped with an increase in interracial dating and marriages.
I guess we should all get our swipe on in honor of inclusion.