New gay family emoji appear on Apple's iOS

Users of the Apple iPhone and iPad get a new palate of emoji, including a group of alternative or gay family illustrations
Users of the Apple iPhone and iPad get a new palate of emoji, including a group of alternative or gay family illustrations

Users of the Apple iPhone and iPad got a new palate of emoji on Wednesday, including a group of alternative or gay family illustrations.

The new emoji appeared on an update to Apple's mobile , iOS 8.3, which was rolled out on Wednesday. Some test versions of the software had been in use since February.

The new emoji include illustrations of families with families that include two male parents or two female parents.

The updated emojis also include characters of various races, as previously announced by the Unicode Consortium which sets international rules for text and characters to insure consistency across platforms.

Apple made no comment about the update, but earlier this year in a statement to media that it "supports and cares deeply about diversity."

Apple chief executive Tim Cook announced last October he was "proud to be gay," following long speculation about his .

Cook last month joined other technology industry leaders in denouncing bills and laws in several US states that he said promote discrimination and erode equality.


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Apr 08, 2015
Just wow!! Leave it up to apple to do this.

Apr 09, 2015
"Leave it up to apple to do this."

Apple, for all its flaws, understands the power of its cultural influence and thankfully, is willing to use it to promote social and cultural diversity.

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