It’s an expansion of the solo gender inclusive people added to the emojis list in 2017 as part of the fourth major update.
The new couples are among a list of 59 distinct new emojis, 230 of which include the various skin tone options also available in the new list approved by the Unicode Consortium.
That means not only can we now select lesbian, gay, and gender inclusive couples but we can also change their skin tones to both correspond with each other or different tones for each person in the couple.
The mixes and matches are endless and can truly reflect how a person and their mate represent themselves — well, as true as an emoji can accurately reflect a couple’s image. It might not be a spitting image but it’s representative nonetheless.
Excited about the new additions, the 2019 final list will not be implemented on all systems at once but rather at different times throughout the year. However, the Emojipedia has been updated to include all of the 230 updates.
Unicode Consortium writes, “Unicode’s announcement today indicates that all the documentation required for vendors implement the new emoji set is now complete. Links to relevant data files, technical documentation
Alongside the lesbian, gay male, and gender inclusive couples added to the list are people with disabilities (said to be proposed by Apple), animals like the sloth and flamingo, and new food options to name a few.
To learn more about the 2019 released new emoji list visit the Emojipedia website at https://emojipedia.org/emoji-12.0.