New Emojis Intended To Be More Diverse And Gender-Inclusive Are Being Rolled Out This Year — Here's What They Are

    A handshake between different skin tones? Yes, please!

    NEW EMOJIS WILL SOON BE COMING TO A PHONE NEAR YOU!

    ...And these new emojis are more gender-inclusive and diverse! In honor of World Emoji Day this Saturday, July 17, Unicode Consortium — the nonprofit company that develops, maintains, and promotes the code and descriptions for emojis developed by Apple and Google — released a set of emoji drafts that are in the works:

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    Over the years, emojis have become more diverse, and this year they are rolling out more gender-inclusive options — like transgender and non-binary pregnancies:

    We will also see some much-needed skin-tone diversity when it comes to certain emoji gestures, like the handshake:

    And, of course, there are new standard face emojis coming, like this melting face that I'm personally quite fond of:

    There's also a hiding face and a salute:

    Alongside the prince and princess emojis, there will be a gender-neutral person wearing a crown, which is pretty cool!

    Other new but random emojis coming this year include an X-ray and an ID:

    The exact date for when these new emojis will be available has yet to be announced, but we do know the draft icons go through a comment process before they are approved for use in September of each year. After that, it is up to the device manufacturers to decide when/if they want to make the emojis available to users.