The Tico Times spoke with Human Rights Watch’s LGBT Advocacy Director Boris Dittrich about the role of businesses in promoting LGBT acceptance, what Europe could learn from Latin America, and his own experience as a member of the Dutch Parliament fighting for marriage equality in the Netherlands.
Few aspects of life are as fraught with contradictions in Latin America as sexuality. Our culture is simultaneously filled with sensual stimulus and religious censure. We spin in a whirlwind of seduction and shame, of pleasure and guilt.
Floats festooned with rainbow flags and balloons inched their way down San José’s main thoroughfare, Paseo Colón and Avenida 2, between marchers carrying flags and signs in support of equal rights for Costa Rica’s LGBT community. Thousands participated, including Vice President Ana Helena Chacón and several large corporations, including Intel, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Thompson Reuters, among others.