June 6, 2014

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Rafael Esquer

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Facebook Celebrates LGBT Month with Pride Emojis

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The fight for equality—racial equality, sexual orientation equality, and gender equality, among others—has, is and will be an on-going battle in the US and abroad. As a strong believer in equal rights for all, I celebrate every small step that moves us forward. Today’s post commemorates Facebook’s launch of LGBT …

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The fight for equality—racial equality, sexual orientation equality, and gender equality, among others—has, is and will be an on-going battle in the US and abroad. As a strong believer in equal rights for all, I celebrate every small step that moves us forward. Today’s post commemorates Facebook’s launch of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Pride-themed emojis for the month of June.

President Barack Obama has released a proclamation declaring June as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. Check out an extract for the statement below.

“I call upon all Americans to observe this month by fighting prejudice and discrimination in their own lives and everywhere it exists. – Proclamation by U.S President Barack Obama, May 31, 2011”

Facebook’s ‘Pride’ pack of 28 emojis* include various romantic couples and same-sex parents, as well as marchers in a Pride parade, a cyclist in an AIDS Ride, gay sailors hugging, a supportive dad with his queer son, and a leather daddy walking his leather puppy.

The set was designed by artist and illustrator Cathy Lo and you can download them for free from the sticker store, which is accessible through the emoji button in any Facebook chat window. Instructions can be found here.

New Now Next, a division of Logo Digital, published, “Facebook has made a serious effort to be inclusive of the LGBT community, from supporting the LGBTQ@facebook affinity group and offering some 56 gender options on profiles to uploading a “I Feel Pride” emoticon after the Supreme Court ruling striking down DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act).

A Facebook Diversity spokesperson said: “We’re celebrating Pride by adding these free Facebook Messenger stickers to the Sticker Store. We see this as one more way we can make Facebook a place where people can express their authentic identity. Happy Pride!”

*Emojis “are the ideograms or smileys used in Japanese electronic messages and webpages, whose use is spreading outside Japan. Originally meaning pictograph, the word emoji literally means “picture” (e) + “character” (moji).”

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