Apple Makes iPhones Even Gayer

By: Daniel Villarreal
6.15.2012

It used to be that anyone wanted to text message their gaydom through an iPhone would have to resort to typing crude emoticons using equal signs and asterisks.

But now, the most recent version of the iPhone operating system will include gay and lesbian emojicons (that is, small cartoon icons that people can use in text messaging).

The emojicons will include two women holding hands and two men holding hands. Awwww!

But wait a sec! The emojicons above show a picture of a man and woman kissing. Where's the picture of two men kissing?! And why are both the men holding hands white?!! What about men of color?!! And we would never wear shirts like that!!! Blue and orange are so last summer!!!! These icons don't fully represent us as a community!!!

Okay, just kidding (sort of).

Truthfully, Apple has long had a good record of supporting LGBT people: the company protects its LGBT employees from discrimination, recognizes their partnerships and even donated $100,000 to fight California's anti-gay Prop 8 in 2008.

Plus, the CEO of the company, Tim Cook, is a gay man. How much gayer could the company possibly get?

Either way, it's nice that iPhones will help their gay and lesbian users express themselves more fully in this small but important way.

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