Transgender advocates frustrated by the lack of a blue, white and pink trans flag emoji have claimed the new lobster emoji as their own.
A group named Lobsters Against Transphobia launched an online petition earlier this month to call for the creation of a transgender flag emoji by Unicode, the company behind the emojis used by the likes of Google, Facebook, and Apple.
“Emojis are a way for the world to connect, and trans people shouldn’t be left out of the conversation,” states the petition, which has nearly 2,500 signatures.
A lobster emoji was introduced by Unicode earlier this year, and petitioners said that seemed to mean more people had been “frustrated and confused” at having to use a shrimp or crab emoji instead of a lobster.
“Imagine if that was your gender,” the petitioners wrote.
“Surely we deserve the same rights you have afforded crustaceans? Especially as a community so often faced with violence and discrimination.
“In a twist of fate, lobsters can actually be Gynandromorphs (an organism that contains both male and female characteristics).
“We’re going to take it as our symbol, until we get the Trans emoji we deserve.”
Some trans advocates have added the lobster emoji to their Twitter handles, dressed up as lobsters during trans parades, and used the hashtag #ClawsOutForTrans.
Unicode took until 2016 to roll out a rainbow pride flag to its range of emojis.