A pregnant man and a multi-racial handshake are among the new updates to the emoji keyboard that will be released later this year.

The proposals have been put forward by Unicode Consortium – the non-profit that develops and maintains software internalization standards – in response to growing calls for diversity.

The announcement comes ahead of World Emoji Day on Saturday.

The pregnant man and pregnant person emojis will attempt to represent pregnancy in transgender men and non-binary people.

Gender-neutral versions of the bulk of emojis will also be made available.

The multiracial handshakes will attempt to increa

The proposals have been put forward by Unicode Consortium – the non-profit that develops and maintains software internalization standards – in response to growing calls for diversity.

The announcement comes ahead of World Emoji Day on Saturday.

The pregnant man and pregnant person emojis will attempt to represent pregnancy in transgender men and non-binary people.

Gender-neutral versions of the bulk of emojis will also be made available.

The multiracial handshakes will attempt to increase diversity, which is currently lacking in the icons.

Emojipedia, a reference website for emojis in the Unicode Standard, said the pregnant emoji will help people recognise “that pregnancy is possible for some transgender men and non-binary people”.

This is only a draft emoji list, and changes can still be made.

The final list, which will make up Unicode 14.0, will be announced in September.

However, usually, the emojis that appear on the draft list end up in the final version.

se diversity, which is currently lacking in the icons.

Emojipedia said: “It is yet to be confirmed which emojis are in the final version of Emoji 14.0. The final version is likely to resemble this draft list, and no new emojis will be added at this stage.

“But there’s always a remote possibility of a change or removal ahead of September.”

A coral has been proposed to represent climate change, and a person wearing a crown has been put forward to give a gender-neutral alternative to the current prince and princess emojis.

Other suggestions include a melting face, a saluting face, a biting lip, an x-ray and a driver’s license.

Unicode 14.0 was delayed thanks to the coronavirus, so more time has been spent on the updates than in previous years.

The emojis will likely be a part of systems updates for some companies later on this year, and for others, it will take place in the first few months of next year.

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