Costa Rica

LGBTI Rights in Costa Rica


ADDED ON: 03/20/2022

Transgender immigrants who fled Latin America still face uncertainty in the US

Paloma Vazquez envisioned a new start in Houston. After immigrating from Honduras to escape transphobic violence just six months prior, the 29-year-old was ready to move into her new apartment. Her dream…

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ADDED ON: 12/30/2021

“7 Out of 10 LGBTIQ+ People in Costa Rica Consider the Lack of Family Support Their Main Problem “

Seven out of ten people in the LGBITQ+ community consider the lack of family support as the main problem they face, according to the National Survey on Sexual Diversity (ENDS) conducted, for the first time, by…

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ADDED ON: 12/24/2021

Psychologists investigated for practising ‘conversion therapy’ in Costa Rica

In response to an openDemocracy investigation into anti-gay ‘conversion therapy’ in Costa Rica, the country’s professional association of psychologists – the Colegio de Profesionales en Psicología de Costa Rica (CPPCR) – announced…

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Dennis Castillo Fuentes – IRCA Casabierta, Costa Rica

Dennis Castillo Fuentes is the director of El Instituto sobre Migración y Refugio LGBTIQ para Centroamérica (IRCA Casabierta), the first and only nonprofit in Costa Rica that works with LGBTIQ refugees and…

ADDED ON: 07/02/2020

Costa Rica Continues to Strive Towards Equality: Same-Sex Couples May Adopt Children

Following the legalization of equal marriage, Costa Rica now offers same-sex couples the opportunity for joint adoption and guarantees the rights of children from homo-parental families. On May 26th, a historical milestone…

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ADDED ON: 06/04/2020

Costa Rica’s Progress on Marriage Equality Should Inspire the Region

Costa Rica became the first Central American country to allow same-sex marriage on May 26. This is no small political feat in a country where the issue divided voters in the 2018…

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ADDED ON: 06/03/2020

Costa Rica: 82 same-sex couples have joined their lives and await registration of their marriages

82 same-sex couples have joined their lives and hope that their marriages in the country will be registered very soon. This is confirmed by data provided by the Civil Registry to AM…

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ADDED ON: 05/26/2020

Costa Rica Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Costa Rica legalized same-sex marriage on Tuesday, becoming the first Central American country to do so and sparking an emotional response from rights campaigners as the first weddings were held overnight. Celebrations…

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ADDED ON: 05/14/2020

Costa Rica lawmakers criticize efforts to delay gay marriage

Lawmakers and government officials in Costa Rica on Wednesday chided fellow politicians trying to delay a landmark gay marriage ruling from taking effect, an effort which ended in a punch-up between members…

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ADDED ON: 02/18/2020

Extending marriage to same-sex couples is good for the Costa Rican economy

Earlier this month, more than 30 businesses came out in support of extending marriage to same-sex couples in Costa Rica – from major multinationals such as Microsoft and Coca-Cola to well-regarded local…

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ADDED ON: 11/30/2019

Latin American Human Rights Lawyers Join Forces for LGBT Rights

In a gathering in Bogota, Colombia on Nov. 19, 40 human rights lawyers from across Latin America launched an innovative “Red Litigio LGBT” – an LGBT Litigation Network – in order to…

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ADDED ON: 07/06/2019

Costa Rica education minister resigns under Evangelical fire for LGBTQ policy

Costa Rica's education minister Edgar Mora resigned on Monday following protests against policies including his support for gender-neutral bathrooms, in a sign the cultural issues that dominated last year's presidential election remain…

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