The Unicode Consortium, the organization that standardizes emoji and includes Apple, Microsoft, and Google, announced 230 new emoji for 2019.
Most of the symbols released in emoji 12.0 are images of people holding hands.
Emoji already existed for a man and a woman holding hands, two men holding hands, and two women holding hands, and now there’s an emoji for two gender-neutral people holding hands.
Skin tone support was added for all the different couples, too.
Another new emoji is attracting attention as well – the pinching hand.
A hand making the “un poco” gesture (with support for various skin tones) has been added.
And a lot of people are associating it with penis size….
— PGAG (@PGAG_PH) February 6, 2019
the new pinching hand emoji will definitely be used for innocent, non-dick-related purposeshttps://t.co/HX5kuTbeXd
— Amanda Yeo (@amandamyeo) February 6, 2019
"Pinching hand?" I'm pretty sure the new emoji coming out in the next release ￼will be used to mean "pinch" as often as 🍆 is used to mean "eggplant." pic.twitter.com/j7X7663ZBT
— Crow⁵ (@fivecrows) February 5, 2019
Among the other emoji introduced this year are a yawning face, garlic, and several symbols associated with disabilities. The transgender flag is still missing.