Latest Apple iOS Update Includes Several New LGBTQ Emoji

by Kevin Schattenkirk EDGE Media Network Contributor Monday February 22, 2021

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. Among the new additions are more than a dozen initial support – albeit with some formatting differences – for trans* and gender-variant people. (More details here.)

Some of the larger changes include:

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