The image is one of 100 new and redesigned emoji for iOS 10.
Apple unveiled over 100 new “gender diverse” emojis Monday, but there’s one in particular that stands out for us.
A rainbow flag emoji for LGBT pride will be featured as part of Apple’s iOS 10 operating software, which will debut this fall. The flag joins a lineup that includes more female athletes and professionals as well as images for single-parent families. Meanwhile, a revolver firearm will be replaced with a colorful water pistol.
The company is working “closely with the Unicode Consortium to ensure that popular emoji characters reflect the diversity of people everywhere,” officials said in a statement on Apple’s website.
The pride-themed update is particularly fitting as Apple has been outspoken in its support for the LGBT community for some time. The company was one of only 13 to earn a percent score on the Human Rights Campaign’s first Corporate Equality Index, which is a benchmarking tool for LGBT workplace equality. It has maintained a perfect score ever since then.
Meanwhile, Apple CEO Tim Cook, who came out as gay in a 2014 Bloomberg Businessweek essay, has recently fought back against anti-LGBT legislation at the state level, including in Indiana and North Carolina.
Thrilled to see Apple making an effort to diversify their emojis to reflect the modern user!