LGBTIQ+ Pride March Increased in Response

LGBTIQ+ Pride March Increased in Response
LGBTIQ+ Pride March Increased in Response

This fifteenth edition of the LGBTIQ+ pride march was especially significant as a response to the attacks by the Rodrigo Chaves government, by annulling the declaration of cultural interest of the march. In addition, it was a message to the Government and the country that the community is present and alive in Costa Rica.

Last Sunday, June 30, the LGBTQAI+ pride march took place in Costa Rica. Where Tens of thousands of people demonstrated to demand human rights, respect and equality. The march headed towards Democracy Square, with a larger number of people than in previous years.

Actions like this are a reminder that the pride march is a demonstration and a call to demand equality in the country.especially when those in positions of power threaten the progress that has been made on the issue.

An example of this progress in Costa Rica is the legitimization and institutionalization of same-sex marriage thanks to the enormous struggle of civil society organizations to position this term of same-sex marriage and the human rights it entails on the political and social agenda. As Janekeith Durán, from the legal and political advocacy team at ACCEDER, mentions, this is achieved by raising people’s awareness and making these issues a little more accessible to them.

One aspect that is still being demanded in the Costa Rican legislature is the penalization of hate crimes and speech in the country.The Ombudsman’s Office promoted an anti-discrimination framework law, which Costa Rica does not have, and which includes the penalization of hate speech; however, this project was rejected in the Assembly, citing an issue of freedom of expression.

However, this is a topic that I know must be rescued and claimed at a legal level. Especially in today’s environment.

“A political leader who speaks from discrimination and hatred. That gives some support to certain sectors of society, some validation to these ideas of discrimination and hatred,” Janekeith Durán, from the legal and political advocacy team at ACCEDER

However, The struggle of the LGBTQAI+ community and the work of the organizations that lead it goes beyond changes in political and legal impact, recognition at the regulatory level. Work is being done for a cultural and social change, a recognition by the population of those rights.

As Margarita Salas, a psychologist and public policy specialist, mentions: “cultural change is essential because regulatory change is often not enough; society and culture advance at a slightly slower pace than laws do (…) It is a structural change for our society.”

This change is the real challenge that stands out in Costa Rican society, Experiences of exclusion, discrimination and prejudice are not resolved only with jurisprudence, they are also resolved with work to raise social awareness.

Currently, lThe community faces challenges in identity visibility, workplace harassment, discrimination and prejudice in health systems, issues of harassment in education, physical attacks, poverty and homelessness.. Therefore, social aid organizations are creating spaces of welcome and solidarity to address these problems.

As Salas points out, The diversity of work done by the community is enormous and this is made visible in the march where all of this is unified because “LGBTQAI+ people also fight against isolation and exclusion.”

The Pride March is a reminder of the past, present and future struggles facing the community. LGBTQAI+ to be treated with the same respect and rights as everyone else. Although great progress has been made in the country, the march on June 30 is a reminder of the road that remains to be traveled and the need to defend this progress, especially in the face of a homophobic and exclusionary government, according to specialists.

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