Tinder swipes right against racial inequality in emojis

Tinder swipes right against racial inequality in emojis


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Here's to more inclusive texting.

There are emojis for when you're so mad you swear typos, emojis for head massages, emojis for unicorns, but if you're say, a Chinese man, and you're in a relationship with a Caucasian woman, nada.

We all know that couples come from all kinds of backgrounds, especially in a culturally diverse country like Australia. And we also know that everyone communicates via text, so why aren't there any interracial couple emojis?

Tinder has been wondering the same thing. The dating app recently launched a petition to address the issue. "While emojis for people of colour and emojis for same-sex couples both became a reality in 2015, one group of people is still excluded from emoji representation," Tinder says. "Love is universal, and it's time for interracial couples to be represented in our universal language."

The process to get new emojis into the alphabet is a long one. It could take up to two years for the Unicode Consortium (the organisation that influences online standards) to rule on whether interracial couple emojis should become a thing. In the meantime, watch out for the next iteration of the emoji alphabet, set to drop later this year.

To sign the petition, go to, and spread the word on social media and tag #representlove. 

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