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Costa Rica floods with color to celebrate diversity

San Jose, June 25 (EFE).- Hundreds of people flooded the streets of the Costa Rican capital Sunday with color to celebrate diversity and demand respect for LGBT+ rights.

With banners reading “Nobody can buy our pride,” “we raise our voices of rebellion and resistance, “Families are diverse and they are all families,” “Being different is not a problem, the problem is being treated differently,” attendees celebrated this day waving rainbow flags, displaying floats, as well as music and bands.

The LGBT+ community graced the parade with their drag queen costumes and the participation of artists in the march that started on Paseo Colon and ended next to the National Stadium of Costa Rica, to tour the main streets of San Jose.

Same-sex marriages were legalized in Costa Rica in 2020 after the Constitutional Chamber endorsed the unions. In recent years, Costa Rica has made LGBT+ rights progress, for example, in 2019 the supreme court reformed a regulation to allow name changes due to self-perceived gender identity and to eliminate the indication of the sex of birth on identity cards.

Other Costa Rican advances have been changes in regulations to guarantee same-sex couples family social security, a pension for the death of the couple, and hospital visits. EFE


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