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June 26, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 125
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Balloons
                              away!
A.M. Costa Rica photo/Lucia Carro       
Balloons were let go to color the sky in the Pride flag colors.
LGBTIQ
                              celebrants
A.M. Costa Rica photo/Lucia Carro   
The rainbow colors were evident.
U.S.
                              Embassy at Pride
A.M. Costa Rica photo/Lucia Carro  

The U.S. Embassy delegation came out for the Marcha de la Diversidad along with some volunteers from the Peace Corps.

LGBT Marcha de la Diversidad colors the capital
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Pride events carried on throughout the weekend globally and also occurred here in Costa Rica as well.

Sunday afternoon saw Paseo Colón become calico with the many colors of the rainbow on flags, T-shirts, faces, floats and even the sky when all the balloons were tossed in the air. The Marcha de la Diversidad kicked off in celebration of the LGBTIQ population in Costa Rica. It commemorates a watershed moment in LGBTIQ history: the Stonewall Riots of 1969 where a spontaneous combustion of protests amongst the gay community flared up after police raided the Stonewall, a gay bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village.

The Frente por los Derechos Igualitarios, a gay rights advocacy group that organized the march, raised four ‘flags’ of struggle to install within Costa Rica. According to a statement provided by the group, those four tenets are: equal marriage with same obligations and rights, the recognition of gender identities by the government, a secular state and an anti-discrimination law.

Prior to the parade pageantry, the government issued a response saying that it was beginning training and inclusion programs among state employees for issues related to the LGBTIQ community.

“We are moving forward with a firm step towards respect for sexually-diverse populations,” Ana Helena Chacón, the vice president of Costa Rica, said. “For that reason, we continue with a human rights agenda that we are promoting and or which we are having greater achievements step-by-step.”

With that announcement came the government’s own parade of progress that it has done so far in support of the LGBTIQ community.

These included: the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social agreeing to provide hormonal treatment to transgender persons, Seguridad Pública and the Patronato Nacional de la Infancia establishing its own frameworks as much as resource allocation toward the needs of the community.
 
Costa Rica was not alone as other embassies from foreign governments joined in on the march with its own participation. According to a statement issued by the Canadian Embassy to Costa Rica, the diplomatic delegations of: Bolivia, Canada, Colombia, Chile, Spain, the United States, France, Britain, the Netherlands, Israel and México all sent its reps out.

“LGBTI persons have the same human rights as all others, including the right to equality and non-discrimination,” a statement from the Canadian Embassy said.

“This principle is enshrined in numerous international and regional instruments, as well as in the Resolutions of the UN Human Rights Council.”

“We call on the LBGTI populations to celebrate and join in the struggle for our rights,” a statement sent by the Frente prior to the march said.

“Nothing we have today has been given to us. If today we go outside to celebrate, in broad daylight is because many people have pushed this wave of rebellious energy.”


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