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Tinder launches campaign to create interracial couple emoji

Jasmine Andersson February 28, 2018
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Emojis are the bread and butter of electronic communication.

Like it or lump it, if you don’t have a , or weaving its way into your daily texting fabric, you probably do not own a phone.

That’s why Tinder has launched a petition to diversify the ubiquitous language we know and love – with the creation of a #whyhasntitbeendonealready interracial couple emoji.

“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?” asked the dating app.

“While emojis for many races have been available since 2015, there are none available for couples,” says Rosette Pambakian, Tinder’s head of brand to WIRED.

“Now is the time to change that.”

Although one might wonder why a dating app is launching a campaign to make the world just a little bit more diverse and a little bit less racist, us gays cannot deny that meeting up with people of different identities and orientations has improved since the launch of apps.

Grindr changed queer men’s lives when it launched in 2009, with Tinder coming for the straights and queers alike in 2012.

Her, formerly known as Dattch, came onto the scene at the later date of 2013, with Feeld finally joining the fold in 2014.

Since the creation of dating apps, a study has claimed that there has been a surge in interracial couples.

Users can sign the petition here, which is at roughly 3,800 people at the time of publication, here .

However, it appears that we’re going to have to endure some years of frustration ahead before we see the interracial couple emojis on our phone screens.

It can take up to two years for an emoji to be standardised and launched by the Unicode Consortium.

Related topics: dating, dating apps, emoji, Equality, interracial couples, petition, Tinder

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