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Latest Apple iOS Update Includes Several New LGBTQ Emojis

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Sunday March 7, 2021
Originally published on February 22, 2021

Some of the new Apple emojis
Some of the new Apple emojis  

Apple has just rolled out 217 new emojis in the most recent iOS 14.5 update, with a plethora of LGBTQ-inclusive additions, The Guardian reports.

Of the new LGBTQ-related emoji, updates include interracial and gay couples with over 200 different skin tones, and with male, female, and gender-neutral options. Skin tone and gender options were previously limited to the people-holding-hands emoji.

There are also several bearded lady options that, The Guardian notes, look very similar to Conchita Wurst, the 2014 Eurovision contest winner from Austria. Previously, only a male with a beard was an available option — now users can select a man or a woman with facial hair.

Other new emoji include syringes filled with clear liquid, which can be used to tell people that one has received the COVID-19 vaccination. Also, the "stoner" emoji feature three separate faces — one exhaling, another with spiraling eyes, and a third behind a cloud of smoke.

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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