If you've ever been to a pride parade or some other celebration of the LGBT community, there's a good chance all the bright and beautiful gayness, at times, left you at a loss for words -- in a good way. But now, it looks like a new rainbow flag emoji is finally on the way to help you express all that pride.
Unicode Consortium, the group that oversees all of the colorful characters you use instead of words, may officially support a new rainbow flag emoji in the near future, according to a report by Mashable. Google software engineer Mark Davis, who's also the co-founder and president of Unicode, outlined a formal proposal for the decidedly prideful emoji character in a letter on Tuesday.
A rainbow flag emoji was first proposed to the organization in late June of last year, around the time when the Supreme Court handed down its historic ruling in favor of marriage equality for same-sex couples. It's among the 30 most-requested emoji characters, according to online emoji authority, Emojipedia. On top of that, Davis said recent discussions about the character were met with strong support among vendors, aka Apple, Google, and other companies that incorporate emoji in their products.
Interestingly, the method by which Davis suggests the vendors adapt the rainbow flag emoji is based on a variation of the existing rainbow emoji character. This means there's a slight chance the new rainbow flag could arrive on your devices before the big batch of more than 70 new emoji characters the Unicode Consortium approved for release this year, like bacon and a glass of whiskey.
"Because existing Unicode characters are used, vendors can begin design and implementation work now and can deploy before the end of 2016, rather than waiting for Unicode v10.0 to come out in June of 2017," Davis states in the letter.
If last year's new emoji release via an iOS 9 update is any indication, Apple will likely add the new bundle of emoji (and probably the rainbow flag) to your iPhone via an update to iOS 10 this fall, although the company has yet to officially reveal its plans. And while the rainbow flag emoji will be months late for this year's LGBT pride celebrations, it could very well arrive in time for National Coming Out Day on October 11th.
At least, we think that'd be great.