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Friday, January 21, 2022

Country of allies?

‘Coming out is a constant thing’

Telling my friends in our rural community, Monteverde, was fairly easy. Coming out is a constant thing, though.

She named him twice

What’s in a name? To a mother, at one point, it’s everything. She ponders, wonders, smiles at her own audacity. She says the names of...

Building safe spaces for Costa Rica’s LGTBIQ+ community

Esteban Alfaro decided to make a change in his canton, Perez Zeledón, after he and his boyfriend were thrown out of a bar in...

From repression to the celebration of desire: Mateo’s story

Where does desire come from? I don't know. It's probably shaped by various factors. What I do know is that all people experience desire, but...

Inclusion 2.0: workshops ask Costa Rican businesses to open new doors

“The little girl never grows up.”  The psychologist José Luis García has just posed a question: in the 2001 Russell Crowe movie “A Beautiful Mind,”...

Cisnormativity is a circle, and I am a star

I was so happy that day. I arrived at the salon with a very clear idea in mind. I wanted to see myself look...

‘Finally, we can sleep at night’

“Ya vamos a poder dormir.” Now we’ll be able to sleep at night. Now. Ya. Finally. Ya, a word so expressive, so eloquent. It can...

Grassroots work for an inclusive public sector

An office where fingerprints are processed. A training for the administrators of public ports. The meeting room of a municipal government. Sometimes, the work to...

Coming out in Talamanca: the basket and the seed

The seed? That’s me. The most unnatural thing is to fear the natural. But what is natural? Are not all seeds natural? I am one of those...

One day, they said yes

Bourbon. Bitters. Sugar. Water. A graceful unwinding of orange peel. Why call it an Old Fashioned when you could call it a Media Naranja,...
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What Costa Rica should have said to women tourists

This week, controversy erupted in Costa Rica when La Nación reported that the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism (ICT), with approval from the National...
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