An emoji of a pregnant man is due to be introduced to keyboards later this year.

The pregnant man emoji is part of a draft list of new emojis released by the Unicode Consortium, a non-profit company that promotes the Unicode standard and provides the code and descriptions behind emojis developed by Apple and Google.

The emoji update, which was released to mark World Emoji Day on Saturday, July 17th, is part of a drive to increase the diversity of emojis by offering masculine, feminine, and gender-neutral versions, as well as a selection of skin tones.

Very few emojis now remain without a gender-neutral option.

The update means that users will see the prince and princess emojis accompanied by a person with crown emoji.

As per UniLad, Jeremy Burge, chief emoji officer at Emojipedia, said the update would mean that "nearly all emojis can have default a gender-neutral option, with the choice to use a woman or man where relevant."

The news of the pregnant man emoji is a move that has been largely praised.

One person took to Twitter to express their joy, writing: "Current mental state is that the pregnant trans man emoji literally made me happy cry this morning."

And, where there has been criticism against the move, people have been quick to defend it.

One person wrote: "Why are people getting so worked up over an emoji? We have unicorns, wizards, mermaids and fairies but a pregnant trans man is what you can't believe?"

"Folks losing their shit other the upcoming pregnant trans man, and multi racial handshake emoji, are really quite something. By something I mean pathetic," another added.

A third person also said: "Put it this way. How does the pregnant man emoji hurt anyone? Therefore, what's the issue with it being implemented? Even if only a few people feel represented by a new emoji, surely it's worthwhile."

Other new emojis also include hands making a heart shape, faces melting, someone saluting and someone peeking out between their fingers.