At Pride 2016, we ask: How far has Costa Rica come on LGBT rights?
Wrapped in rainbow flags and covered in face paint, thousands of Costa Ricans marched down Paseo Colón Sunday in the country’s annual pride parade, La Marcha de la Diversidad. LGBT activists have had much to celebrate in recent years following the passage of anti-discrimination policies and the extension of healthcare benefits to same-sex partners.
At the parade, The Tico Times asked participants what they thought about Costa Rica’s progress on LGBT rights. Here are some of their answers:
Lenin Fernández, 34: To me, there is still a lot we have left to accomplish. Yes, we have accomplished some very important things. We can get healthcare for our partners now, extend our pensions to them, but we still have a long way to go.
There are more things moving to the forefront now and we are advancing little by little. Someday, God will grant us these rights. But for now, we are here. We aren’t hiding. We are proud.
We want people to see who we are, that we are people too and that we will keep fighting.
Carolina Durán, 25: Things are starting to get more inclusive. Even people who are very tied to their religion are starting to be more accepting. We are moving in small steps, but we are moving forward.
Marisol Mayorga, 43: We are going very slowly. We have accomplished very little at this point. We want marriage equality, we want everything that other families have.
Despite that, I think that between now and 2020 we will all finally be equal.
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