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Migrant caravan ignites ‘xenophobia’ in Tijuana as protesters shout ‘get out!’

Hundreds of residents of Tijuana gathered on Sunday to demonstrate against the migrant caravan, shouting "no to invasion" and "Mexico for Mexicans", while others condemned the protest, calling it racist and xenophobic. At least 3,000 migrants are in Tijuana, a Mexican city close to the...

Costa Rican bishops deplore ruling legalizing gay marriage

(CNA) The Costa Rican Bishops' Conference lamented a ruling by the Constitutional Chamber of the nation's Supreme Court which mandated legal same-sex marriage in the country. “In a democratic and pluralistic society like ours, legal recognition can be given to persons of the same sex...

Costa Rica Joins Global Push to Recognize Legal Gender Self-Identification

(Human Rights Watch) In June, Costa Rica’s president signed a directive and decree ordering government agencies that issue official documents to recognize gender identity based on self-declaration. The move follows an Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) advisory opinion issued in January, which asserted that countries...

From Josué to Victoria, Civil Registry Approves Request For Gender Change

A couple of months ago, Victoria Elizabeth Rovira Hernández (23 years old) made an application to the Civil Registry with the purpose of requesting a change of name, in accordance with the amendment approved by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) in May. After a long...

Chile: Sex Change No Longer Required To Alter Gender Identity

Chile's Supreme Court has ruled 4-1 that transgender citizens can change their name and sex on state registries without needing a sex-change operation to prove their gender identity. The ruling said that Chile is part of several international human rights accords, including the American Convention...

Legislator Considering Bill To Criminalize Hate Crimes In Costa Rica

Legislator Enrique Sanchez, of the Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC), said he will push for a law to criminalize hate crimes. "When a trans girl is murdered here in the street, in the statistics it appears as a common murder of between two men because...

First Openly Gay Member of Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly Takes Office

Enrique Sánchez — a journalist who is a member of the Partido Accion Cuidadana (PAC), the first openly gay man elected to Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly was sworn in on Tuesday, May 1. Sánchez told the Washington Blade on Thursday during a WhatsApp interview from...

‘People Hate Us, We Might Move To Spain’

Costa Rica's first and only same-sex married couple are worried about their future in Costa Rica as the nation prepares to go to the polls this Sunday, April 1. Evangelical preacher Fabricio Alvarado faces former minister Carlos Alvarado in an election dominated by the issue...

Cyberbullying at an all-time high: Don’t be a bystander

Never in the history of humanity has bullying been so inventive and thus destructive. Cyberbullies exploit this digital age to spread hate. They intentionally and repeatedly use the internet to cause harm, fear or distress to people. Their behaviour includes harassing individuals they consider...

Inter-American Court Ruling Will Spread Marriage Equality Around Latin America

An international court has ruled that 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries must enact marriage equality. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights, based in San Jose, Costa Rica, ruled Tuesday that all its signatory countries must grant same-sex couples the same rights as opposite-sex ones,...

Tica Transgender Wins Award For Best Actress In Film Festival

COSTA RICA CONFIDENTIAL - Jimena Franco's dream, now 40, of one day becoming actress has been fulfilled, and, in addition, won the best actress award at the Festival Internacional de Cine de Guayaquil 2017 (Guayaquil International Film Festival 2017) for the lead role in...

Diversidad In Chepe 2017

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LGBT March San Jose 2017

Q COSTA RICA - San Jose was filled with color this Sunday to celebrate sexual diversity and demand equal rights for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex (LGBT) population in Costa Rica. The march started in La Sabana, on the west of San Jose,...

Same-Sex Couples in Costa Rica Now Entitled to “Survivor Pension”

QCOSTARICA - The Board of Directors of the  Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS)  - social security, approved to extend coverage of the régimen de Invalidez, Vejez y Muerte (IVM) - dubbed 'survivor pension', to same-sex couples. The decision complements an agreement reached in 2014,...

U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica Raises The Flag of Diversity

QCOSTARICA - As a show of support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in Costa Rica, the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, on Wednesday raised the flag of diversity with that of the U.S. In addition, on June 28, the embassy building...

Colombia Says ‘I Do’ To Gay Marriage

TODAY COLOMBIA- Colombia’s highest court has given the green light to gay marriage in the conservative, mostly Roman Catholic country. Colombia could become the fourth Latin American nation to fully allow same-sex marriage. Only a handful of nations in Latin America allow gay and lesbian...

Is the world finally waking up to intersex rights?

Q24N - "The surgeon’s approach was that I didn’t identify as a woman because I didn’t have a vagina,” says Mauro Cabral. After growing up in Argentina being treated as a girl, he discovered at the age of 14 that he didn’t have any...

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