i made emoji out of some of the symbols that exist for various alterhuman and adjacent communities. they were designed for the alt+h discord and forum initially, but i'm releasing them to the public domain, because there's no reason not to, really.

sources, credits and history

alt key

my own suggestion for a general symbol for alterhumanity as a whole - it's simply the unicode character for the alt key (the one on your computer keyboard).

compass rose

the symbol from my initial transspecies flag design, meant to represent our shared starting point and collective struggle to forge our own pathways for transition. admittedly not very recognizeable on its own - see the abovelinked page for my thoughts on that and further below for another option!

diamond heart

a symbol for otherheartedness designed by aestherians, after open discussion on tumblr and the therian guide. poppy's version actually includes a circle entwined with the heart, but i couldn't quite get that to look right at the resolution emojis are typically displayed at. sorry poppy!

diamond link

a symbol originally designed by kindness-flags on tumblr for their copinglink flag. it's since been used by otherlinkers more generally. i think it's more common to simply use the chain-link emoji to identify yourself as a linker, but this is a little more iconic for an emoji's sake.

elven star

a symbol for otherkin. the first use of a seven-pointed star in reference to otherkin appeared in the 1986 summer issue of a pagan newspaper called circle network news, in an article by the silver elves. they actually used an obtuse heptagram (this one) instead of the actue heptagram we're now familiar with.


a symbol designed for the archetroper flag, also intended to used on its own. i stylized it quite a bit for these purposes, and i quietly hope that it'll catch on. i also made up 'fireseed' for the sake of being able to call it something other than 'the archetroper symbol' - maybe that'll catch on too?


'h+' in text has been used as shorthand for 'transhumanism' since at least january 2005. this h+ symbol was first created by humanity+ as part of their rebranding from the world transhumanist association, and has been adopted as a general symbol by other transhumanist groups since.

inverse vetruvian man

a proposed symbol for nonhuman identities that goes beyond any one identity label. i don't know that it got a lot of traction, but i thought it was pretty cool. joey is responsible for this version of the design; he opted to simplify it in order to make the core idea a bit clearer.

phi paw

a symbol proposed by some members of sofurry as a general identifier for furries. the greek letter phi is pronounced as 'F'. it's not very commonly used, but i think it's neat.

plural rings

created by oure gaiya and iris of astraea. as far as i'm aware, no explicit description of the symbolism was ever given by them, but it seems pretty self evident, doesn't it?

theta delta

a symbol jointly produced by members of the werelist and awereness. the 'theta' represents therianthropy's greek etymology (the word therios starts with the letter theta) and the delta is a symbol for change over time, representative of shifting.


a more modern plural symbol, designed and released into the public domain by an anonymous system posting on multiple platforms. it combines the ampersand (&), a common symbol for plurality on its own, with a treble clef (𝄞), representing harmony. the creators explicitly dedicated the symbol to all plurals, regardless of origin or diagnostic status.

ursa minor

the symbol from my second transspecies flag design. it's a proposed symbol for the constellation of ursa minor, with the four-pointed star lifted from the compass rose to represent polaris. it's more recognizeable, it hits closer at the symbolism i was going for, and it can be represented in text - check it out: δ*


2022-07-14 - added five new symbols: the ursa minor and compass rose from my transspecies flags, inverted vetruvian man, copinglink and archetrope symbols. edited some stuff to make the whole set more visually consistent, mostly adjusting line weights. changed the yellow emojis to a darker shade for better visibility. provided alternate versions of the elven star and plural rings which should hopefully read better at smaller sizes.