Rainbow Flag Emoji

Rainbow Flag Emoji in Apple devices as from Fall 2016
 

De regenboogvlag emoji bestond niet en dat vond ik raar. Ik heb toen uitgezocht hoe je ervoor kon zorgen dat die emoji er kwam. Mijn aanvraag werd goedgekeurd en nu hebben mensen overal ter wereld 'm in hun broekzak! πŸ˜πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ

Mijn actie kreeg veel aandacht in de pers.

 

πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ Nederlands

Een Regenboogvlag Emoji!

De regenboogvlag is sinds eind jaren '70 het internationale symbool van de homogemeenschap. In de zomer van 2016 realiseerde ik mij dat er nog steeds geen regenboogvlag emoji beschikbaar was. Spontaan stuurde ik hierover een tweet aan Twitter. Maar natuurlijk gaat Twitter niet over de emojis... πŸ˜„

Officieel Unicode verzoek

Na wat research kwam ik erachter dat je een official emoji character proposal moest indienen bij het Unicode Consortium. Op 25 juni 2016 richtte ik mijn verzoek aan Unicode.

πŸ‘‰  Het officiΓ«le verzoek voor de regenboogvlag emoji (pdf)
πŸ‘‰  Hoe moet je een verzoek bij Unicode indienen?

Ik ontving een ontvangstbevestiging van Unicode via e-mail. Volgens the process and timeline of the UTC moest ik nu: wachten.

Online petitie

Ondertussen vertelde Mathew Shurka uit New York mij via Facebook dat hij een online petitie was gestart. En dat iemand anders precies een jaar eerder (in juni 2015) een verzoek aan Unicode had gericht, dat toen was afgewezen.

Toekenning

Het door mij ingediende verzoek resulteerde samen met de online petitie in een toekenning door Unicode! Dit werd op 19 juli 2016 aangekondigd (pdf) door Unicode President Mark Davis. Mijn official proposal van 25 juni 2016 staat hierin genoemd.

De officiΓ«le emoji update staat gepland voor juni 2017, maar de regenboogvlag emoji zal al eerder worden ingevoerd: in het najaar van 2016!

πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ English

A Rainbow Flag Emoji!

The rainbow flag has been an international symbol of the gay community since the late 1970s. I had missed a rainbow flag emoji before, but in the summer of 2016 I realised there was still no rainbow flag emoji available. I spontaneously addressed Twitter. Of course Twitter does not decide the emoji’s... πŸ˜„

Official Unicode proposal

After some research, I found out that you should submit an official emoji character proposal to the Unicode Consortium. I submitted my proposal on June 25, 2016.

πŸ‘‰  The official proposal for the rainbow flag emoji (pdf)
πŸ‘‰  How to submit a proposal to Unicode

I received a confirmation email from Unicode and regarding the process and timeline of the UTC. I expected all we had to do now was: wait.

Online petition

Meanwhile, a guy from NYC, Mathew Shurka, approached me through Facebook to tell me he had setup an online petition. He also knew that someone submitted a proposal for this emoji a year earlier, in June 2015, which had then been declined.

Approval

The proposal I submitted and the online petition finally resulted in an approval from Unicode, which was announced (pdf) by Unicode President Mark Davis on July 19, 2016! My proposal of June 25th, 2016 is mentioned in this announcement.

The official emoji update is planned for June 2017, but the rainbow flag emoji will be implemented earlier, as expected by the end of 2016!

Tweet from Unicode President Mark Davis, releasing the news, replied with a thank you from Mathew Shurka who set up an online petition. Jeremy Burge is member of the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee.

Tweet from Unicode President Mark Davis, releasing the news, replied with a thank you from Mathew Shurka who set up an online petition. Jeremy Burge is member of the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee.


#EuroPride Emoji

Twitter reageerde super sympathiek op mijn tweet van 20 juni en lieten speciaal voor de Amsterdam Pride (in 2016: EuroPride) een emoji ontwikkelen door mij en de Gay Pride organisatie!

#EuroPride Emoji

Twitter responded very sympathetically to my initial request and decided to develop an emoji for Amsterdam Pride (in 2016: EuroPride), together with me and the GayPride organisation!

During the development process of the EuroPride rainbow flag emoji: different options of which we chose the 4th (also see below)

During the development process of the EuroPride rainbow flag emoji: different options of which we chose the 4th (also see below)

 
Tweet from Twitter at the release of the #EuroPride rainbow flag emoji on July 22, 2016

Tweet from Twitter at the release of the #EuroPride rainbow flag emoji on July 22, 2016

 

News item by AT5 about the release of the EuroPride Emoji
at Twitter HQ in Amsterdam, July 22nd, 2016

 
This unique Rainbow Flag Emoji was designed for global use (on Twitter only) during EuroPride in Amsterdam. It represents the 3 crosses in the city logo of Amsterdam that stand for heroic,Β determined and charitable and it flirts with the logo of GayPride. You will get this emoji in your tweets if you use any of the following hashtags: #EuroPride, #AmsterdamPride or #Joinourfreedom from July 22nd until August 7, 2016. Happy Pride!

This unique Rainbow Flag Emoji was designed for global use (on Twitter only) during EuroPride in Amsterdam. It represents the 3 crosses in the city logo of Amsterdam that stand for heroic, determined and charitable and it flirts with the logo of GayPride. You will get this emoji in your tweets if you use any of the following hashtags: #EuroPride, #AmsterdamPride or #Joinourfreedom from July 22nd until August 7, 2016. Happy Pride!

 

More info

πŸ‘‰ Press release (pdf, in Dutch)
πŸ‘‰ PR for Twitter: Glasnost
πŸ‘‰ Amsterdam Pride organisation

 

Press / Media

Press and Media coverage in June, July, August, September 2016

After my proposal

πŸ“Œ June 26, 2016
RTL Nieuws
Maurice maakt regenboogvlag-emoji: 'Ik ben gay en mis dat vlaggetje op internet'

πŸ“Œ June 26, 2016
Bright
Nederlander dient aanvraag regenboogvlag-emoji in

πŸ“Œ June 26, 2016
AT5, Amsterdam TV network
Amsterdammer zet zich in voor regenboogvlag-emoji

πŸ“Œ June 26, 2016
RTV Noord-Holland
Amsterdammer zet zich in voor regenboogvlag-emoji

πŸ“Œ June 26, 2016
Omroep Zeeland
Amsterdammer zet zich in voor regenboogvlag-emoji

πŸ“Œ June 27, 2016
NU.nl
Nederlander dient verzoek in voor regenboogvlag-emoji

πŸ“Œ June 27, 2016
Vance
Nederlander wil de regenboogvlag als nieuwste officiΓ«le emoji

πŸ“Œ June 27, 2016
Winq
Binnenkort een regenboogvlag-emoji?

πŸ“Œ June 27, 2016
W/ (Always With)
Gaat er een regenboogvlag-emoji komen? Yes please!

πŸ“Œ June 27, 2016
Haarlems Dagblad
Amsterdammer wil regenboogvlag-emoji

πŸ“Œ June 27, 2016
Live interview FunX Radio (dutch)
Listen on NPO (dutch)

πŸ“Œ June 27, 2016
AD (Algemeen Dagblad, Amsterdam Ed.)
Amsterdammer wil regenboogvlag-emoji

πŸ“Œ June 27, 2016
Het Parool
Amsterdammer op de bres voor regenboogvlag-emoji
And in Het Parool paper edition, on June 28

πŸ“Œ June 27, 2016
Gijs 2.0
(NPO Radio)

πŸ“Œ June 27, 2016
Several daily TV show
(RTL Boulevard, EditieNL)

 
 
 
 

Rainbow Flag Emoji (in Apple devices)

FAQ

 

Why do you call it a rainbow flag 'in the Flags section'?
- Since it should be a flag, like the other flags in that section, instead of a rainbow like this existing emoji: 🌈

Why is the rainbow emoji 🌈 not suitable?
- Because the rainbow flag is an international symbol of the gay community since the late 70's. πŸ‘‰ Read more about the rainbow flag here

Why do we need a rainbow flag emoji? Straight people don't need one either!
- Well, yeah, that would be awesome! That LGBT-people wouldn't need a symbol for their historic fight against discrimination and for emancipation and equal rights. But alas... Besides, if you needed to stand up for your rights somehow, I would support you too.

But wait... Sometimes I see a rainbow flag like emoji on Twitter? πŸ€”
- With a special script, Twitter can make an occasional 'emoji' that will show when you use a specific #hashtag. However very sympathetic, these are not real emoji's. Why not? Well, a real emoji is created by the Unicode Consortium and is visible across all platforms, in all apps. So we want a rainbow flag emoji for eternity and for all platforms worldwide from... Unicode.

More about the Rainbow Flag Emoji: emojipedia.org/rainbow-flag

Dutch: Hoe wordt bepaald wat voor emoji's erbij komen?
- Leuk artikel van NOS op 3

 

Related

🌎  LGBT National Monument
President Barack Obama announced June 24th 2016 that he was designating the area around the Stonewall Inn in New York City as the country's first national monument to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. So a rainbow flag emoji should have been available already, shouldn't it? πŸ€”

🌎  Rainbow Apple Watch band
For Pride 2016, Apple gave its employees a rainbow watch band: This limited-edition band is a symbol of our commitment to equality. πŸ˜ƒ

🌎  Online petition and declined proposal
On June 26th 2015, gay marriage was legalized in all 50 states of the USA. To commemorate this great day in American history and to honor all the LGBT couples out there, Colton Price started an online petition for a rainbow flag emoji. Also, Noah Slater submitted a proposal to the Unicode Consortium, but that proposal was unfortunately declined... πŸ™„

🌎  New petition and video by Mathew Shurka
After all the media attention for my proposal, Mathew Shurka contacted me through Facebook on June 29, 2016 and told me about an online petition he started and a definitely must-see video he made. You should watch it too πŸ‘‡ because it's awesome!

🌎  The Story of the Rainbow Flag (TIME video)