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๐ŸŒˆ Rainbow emoji

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What does ๐ŸŒˆ Rainbow emoji mean?

The rainbow emoji ๐ŸŒˆย depicts a colorful arc of a rainbow. When not representing the meteorological phenomenon, the emoji can express various positive emotions, such as happiness, feelings of togetherness, hope, and good fortune. Along with the rainbow flag emoji ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ, it’s commonly used to express LGBTQ identity and pride.

Related words

queer, ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ Rainbow Flag emoji, ๐Ÿฆ„ Unicorn Face emoji, ๐Ÿ‘ฌ Two Men Holding Hands emoji, ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿ’‹โ€๐Ÿ‘ฉ Kiss Woman Woman emoji, rainbow baby

Where does ๐ŸŒˆ Rainbow emoji come from?

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The rainbow emoji was added to Unicode 6.0 in 2016. Apple first implemented the emoji under iOS 2.2 in 2008 for iPhones in Japan, where the cell phone carriers SoftBank and au by KDDI had featured early versions of the emoji since 2000 and 2003, respectively.

Across major platforms, the rainbow emojiย displays as an arc with most of the traditional colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. Sorry, indigo. Facebook, however, does include an indigo band in its design, displayed in a blue sky. WhatsApp’s design has the rainbow emanating from a white cloud.


With its diverse colors coming together into one, the rainbow has been a symbol of LGBTQ pride since 1978.ย That year, San Francisco politician and iconic gay rights activist Harvey Milk commissionedย Gilbert Baker, a drag queen and US military veteran, to create a new flag to represent the LGBTQ community.

In 2015, after the US Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, self-described โ€œqueer trans feminist nerdโ€ Noah Slater requested the Unicode Consortiumโ€”the organization that approves new emojisโ€”add a rainbow flag that โ€œunambiguously symbolizes queer pride.โ€ Unicode took action in 2016, making available aย rainbow flagย emoji as a sequence of the white flagย emojiย ๐Ÿณ๏ธย and rainbow emojiย ๐ŸŒˆ, yieldingย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ.

Examples of ๐ŸŒˆ Rainbow emoji

Live from my sisterโ€™s wedding ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ #LoveIsLove
@ZoeBijl, May 2019
happy Monday,stay positive!!!! May the week be in your favour!!!! take time to treat yourself! โœจ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒค๐Ÿฆโ„๏ธโœจ๐Ÿฏ
@jherinedavid, February 2017
We are enjoying this beautiful Friday at @WilliamBerczyPS by taking playful learning outside with @ourkinderworld #YRDSBEarlyYears ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒˆโ˜€๏ธ
@team110den, May 2019

Who uses ๐ŸŒˆ Rainbow emoji?

Theย rainbow emoji is often used, of course, when commenting on pictures of rainbows …

… or other moments of natural splendor.

Given that they are beautiful and special, rainbows, including in their emoji form, can express various positive feelings, such as happiness and togetherness.

Rainbows also figure prominently in myth and story. They are associated with luck, thanks to Irish tales of leprechauns hiding pots of gold at the end of rainbows. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, rainbows are associated with hope, as God issued a rainbow after Noah’s Flood as a covenant never to destroy life. These associations may also come into play in uses of theย rainbowย emoji.

Very frequently, the rainbow emoji is used for various LGBTQ content, including identifying as LGBTQ, LGBTQ activism, and celebrating LGBTQ pride, especially during Pride Month in June.

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