Where does come from?
Unicode 6.0 in 2010 approved 👫 woman and man holding hands, 👭 women holding hands, and 👬 men holding hands emoji. In 2019, Unicode added people holding hands as a more gender-inclusive option as well as enabled all skin-tone variations for the hand-holders therein. It is composed of a sequence of the 🧑 adult, 🤝 handshake, and 🧑 adult emoji.
The default emoji features two yellow, gender-unspecified people holding hands as they stand upright. Twitter’s implementation as of April 2019, however, is identical to its woman and man holding hands emoji.
The update, becoming available on devices throughout 2019, was widely hailed as a positive act of social representation and inclusivity.
It's true, multiracial couple emojis will be available later this year!!✨ Expands on the existing 👭 Women Holding Hands 👫 Woman & Man Holding Hands 👬 Men Holding Hands plus a 🆕 emoji: People Holding Hands 🧑🤝🧑 for those of you who's hair exists somewhere in between 😅 pic.twitter.com/IxAi0zUnig
— Jennifer Daniel (@jenniferdaniel) March 11, 2019
All otter jokes aside, these (and the man-man/woman-woman/gender neutral couples) are the emoji I’m most excited for in Unicode 12!!
Emoji should look like the real 🌍. It doesn’t matter how many cute animals you have if you don’t represent a diversity of races and genders.
— Monica Dinculescu (@notwaldorf) February 6, 2019
Who uses ?
Prior to implementation of people holding hands, people have used its constituent sequence of 🧑 adult, 🤝 handshake, and 🧑 adult to indicate teamwork and cooperation, as the handshake doesn’t suggest the same romantic involvement as hand-holding emoji.
— Google Small Biz (@GoogleSmallBiz) March 13, 2019
— Flag Credit Union (@FlagCreditUnion) February 18, 2019
Upon further rollout of people holding hands emoji in 2019, expect it to be used for a variety of non-cisgender couples and relationships along with other, non-romantic senses of human community.
It's St Valentine's day! 💘
In what way has #space played a role in your relationship/s with your special someone? 🧑🤝🧑
— People of Space: Christoph (@People_Of_Space) February 13, 2019